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Deputy Chief Rick Slough recognized for service as interim police chief

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 8, 2021) – Lansing Police Department Deputy Chief Rick Slough received an award in recognition of his service as interim police chief during the five-month period between former chief Dennis Murrin’s retirement in January and the swearing in of current chief Al Phillips in June.

During Tuesday’s Village Board meeting, Lansing mayor Patty Eidam praised Slough’s willingness to step in as chief during the interim. She noted his duties as interim chief were added to his existing duties as a deputy chief during that time.

“We’re extremely thankful and grateful to Rick that he helped us through that [interim period]. I’ll go a step further and mention to all of you that he also helped through the hiring process for our new chief, which as you know took several months,” Eidam said.

Eidam also praised Slough’s wife for her patience during the nearly half year that Slough had extra duties.

After praising Slough, Eidam presented him with an award for his “superior leadership as the interim police chief.”

Slough thanked the mayor and the Board of Trustees, and praised new chief Al Phillips.

“It’s kind of funny because I’ve been supervising [Al Phillips] pretty much my whole career. … Now he’s the chief and I couldn’t be happier,” Slough said.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.