A RESOLUTION THANKING MIKE MCNAMARA FOR HIS
DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST
WHEREAS Mike McNamara grew up in the towns of Dwight and Elgin, and graduated from Larkin High School; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara took an interest in Karate early on and became a 5th degree Black Belt, was inducted into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the Latin American Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame, Official Karate Magazine Hall of Fame, received the Living Legend Signature Award from the Sport Karate Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and continues to judge and referee professional fights; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara served as a part-time Police Officer for the Village of Richton Park from 1980 to 1981; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara joined the Park Forest Police Department on July 6th of 1981; and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1986, to the rank of Sergeant in 1991, to Commander in 1998 and twice served as the Commander of the Investigation’s Division; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara graduated from the 179th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara, while in the Investigations Division, handled over fifty child abuse cases, including several high profile cases in which “serial abusers” were arrested and convicted; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara in 1997 formed the not for profit Organization “Licensed for Life”, whose sole goal continues to be the prevention of underage drinking and driving, and has personally given over 4,000 presentations throughout the United States for that program; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2006 serving as the head of both the Administrative and Field Operations divisions; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara has participated in the World Fire and Police games for more than 25 years in six different countries on three different continents, and is the all-time individual medal winner in its history in the sport of Karate, with his most recent medal being this year, 2013; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara was a member of the Executive Board of the LaRabida Child Advocacy Center and was instrumental in bringing them to Park Forest and making us their south suburban home; and
WHEREAS Mike McNamara has received, throughout his career, Dozens of Letters of Commendation, Seven (7) Meritorious Service Awards, Twelve (12) Outstanding Service Awards, a Term Award and was the Police Department’s Officer of the Year in both 1990 and 1999 ; and
WHEREAS after more than 32 years of loyal and devoted service to the Village of Park Forest and its residents, “MAC” will retire on October 1st, 2013 to spend more time with his children, his grand-children and his passion, the “License for Life” program and to just enjoy having time off.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Park Forest, Cook and Will Counties, Illinois, that the warmest appreciation of the Board, on behalf of the residents and businesses of the Village of Park Forest, be expressed to Mike McNamara for his years of service to the Village of Park Forest.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and the Board wish Mike McNamara the best of luck as he sets out on whatever new path he chooses to follow, and may he take time out to enjoy time with his children, grandchildren, family and friends.
ADOPTED this 23 day of September, 2013