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Lansing Police Department promotions: deputy chief, lieutenant, and sergeant

LANSING, Ill. (October 25, 2023) – The Lansing Police Department promoted three of its own last week at the Village Board of Trustees meeting. Each of the three men was formally sworn in by Chief Al Phillips, and applauded by those in attendance.

Mike Hynek

Mike Hynek was promoted to Deputy Chief in charge of Support Services at LPD.

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Mike Hynek (center) takes the oath to become the new Deputy Chief in charge of Support Services at the LPD. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

“Mike is probably the smartest guy here,” Chief Phillips said, citing Hynek’s experience as a patrol officer and field training officer and coordinator, and well as a detective involved with the Illinois Gang Task Force, Major Crimes Task Force, Internet Crimes Against Children, and other initiatives. Hynek has also been involved with grant writing for the LPD.

“We’re very fortunate to have Mike step in,” Phillips said.

Steven Winkler

Steven Winkler was promoted to Lieutenant, replacing Hynek in the role.

Steven Winkler with his wife before his swearing in at the Village Board meeting last week. Winkler was promoted to Lieutenant. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Winkler has been a patrol officer, juvenile officer, and use of force officer instructor, and has also been involved with the DEA Task Force, Accident Review Board, and head of the fitness and wellness program.

Timothy Casson

Timothy Casson was promoted to Sergeant after only seven years with the LPD.

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Timothy Casson shakes hands with Chief Phillips after his swearing in on Tuesday, October 17. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

“As far as I know, this is one of our youngest promotions ever within seven years. You’ve been out there working hard and doing a great job, and we’re very proud of you,” Phillips told Casson at the meeting.

Casson has experience as a detective, range instructor, crime scene investigator, use of force instructor, and a truck enforcement officer.

The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 170th Street.


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.


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