Acting Police Chief Nicholas Pecora Oversees Double Homicide Investigation Within 24 Hours of Taking Leadership of Police Department
Arlington Heights Police Chief Gerald Mourning, who had announced that his scheduled retirement would be on August 4, 2019, suddenly retired early Friday morning June 7, 2019, according to the Village Manager’s office of Randall Recklaus.
The Village of Arlington Heights reported late Friday afternoon that Gerald Mourning moved up his retirement by about two months.
Village officials did not indicate any reason for the abrupt retirement change, and when asked did not confirm or deny whether there was an irregularity that caused an early dismissal, an illness that required an early retirement, or whether the long-time police chief just wanted to retire a little earlier than initially intended for a well-deserved retirement.
The Village of Arlington Heights confirmed late Friday afternoon that Nicholas Pecora is now acting police chief. Pecora is one of three deputy chiefs, but has the most seniority. Within 24 hours of beginning service as Acting Police Chief, Pecora responded within minutes after he was notified of a double homicide investigation with a person of interest in custody on Derbyshire Lane near Campbell Street in Arlington Heights.
Police Chief Gerald Mourning has been the Arlington Heights Police Department police chief for 14 years. Prior to working for the Arlington Heights Police Department, Mourning was police chief in West Chicago, the Director of Safety for the Milwaukee Public Schools, an investigator with the St. Charles Police Department, and a patrol officer serving East Dundee. Former Police Chief Gerald Mourning is the fifth police chief in the 125-year history of the Arlington Heights Police Department.
Nicholas Pecora went to work as Acting Police Chief at a double homicide investigation on Derbyshire Lane just south of Campbell Street — a little over a half-day after being designated as Acting Police Chief of Arlington Heights.
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