New police chief sworn in at College of Lake County

Waukegan native enrolled at CLC 30 years ago, attended for 5 semesters

GRAYSLAKE – Brian Henry joined the College of Lake County as chief of police June 23.

“Being hired as the chief of police at CLC is very special to me,” he said in a news release. “I enrolled at CLC 30 years ago and was really unsure as to what path I was going to take in life. The five semesters I spent at CLC provided me the direction I needed that put me on my current course.”

CLC Vice President of Business Services and Finance Kenneth Gotsch said, “Brian’s well-documented background and experience in community policing and establishing peace circles, articulated knowledge of restorative justice and its alignment with the college’s values and demonstrated leadership training and experience were best suited for addressing the current and future needs of CLC.”

Henry comes to CLC after spending 20 years in law enforcement for the city of Evanston. Most recently, he served as commander of adult and juvenile investigations, commander of special operations and public information officer, performing the duties of three commanders at once.

Before those roles, he held a leadership position as commander of the problem-solving team and community strategies.

Henry, who grew up in Waukegan, is a CLC graduate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in jurisprudence in children’s law and policy from Loyola University in Chicago.

“I am very excited to be back at CLC and look forward to guiding the police department and working with faculty and students,” Henry said.