Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington has announced the promotion of Police Commander Jay Parrott to the position of Deputy Police Chief effective Monday, January 12, 2015.

In his new position as Deputy Police Chief, Commander Parrott will oversee the department’s Investigative Services Division, filling the position vacated by Deputy Chief Joe Wazny, who is moving on to become Chief of Police in Manhattan, IL.

“Commander Parrott is a long-serving veteran of the Evanston Police Department, and has served with distinction in many units,” Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington said. “I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”

A 25-year veteran of law enforcement, Commander Parrott has served with the Evanston Police Department since 1992, serving in the patrol division, tactical bureau, NET unit and detective bureau as a police officer, detective and supervisor.

As commander, Parrott supervised patrol shifts and community policing, and currently serves as the department’s spokesman and executive officer.

Commander Parrott graduated Western Illinois University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in law enforcement administration, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business law at Loyola University in Chicago. He has completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Va.