Police Chief/E.M.A. Coordinator Robert Pyznarski
E.M.A. is the new department which has replaced E.S.D.A. Police Chief Robert Pyznarski is the coordinator of E.M.A. Chief Pyznarski has direct responsibility for the organization, administration, training and operation of the village emergency management agency organization, subject to the direction and control of the village president as provided by statute.
Chief Rob Pyznarski was born and raised in Chicago Ridge where he attended Our Lady of the Ridge Grammar school, graduating in 1972. Rob is a graduate of Marist High School, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois. He continued his education earning his Bachelor's Degree from Saint Xavier University, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois. Rob continues to make Chicago Ridge his home, residing here with his wife and family.
Chief Pyznarski joined the Chicago Ridge Police Department in April of 1985 and has served in Chicago Ridge for over twenty-five years. he obtained several ranks in his career; as a Tactical Officer (November 1988), promoted to Detective (June 1993), Sergeant (August 2000), Commander (August 2001) and a Certified Juvenile Officer (June 2007) until he was appointed Chief in July 2010.
Chief Pyznarski has received many commendations and awards throughout his career in Law Enforcement, with the Chicago Ridge Police Department. In addition, he has been responsible for numerous felony arrest and convictions during his investigative work.
Chief Pyznarski is the Founder/Chairman of A.R.M. (Arms Reaching Many). This organization's purpose is to raise funds and sponsor drives to donate much-needed items such as clothing, toys and food to local families in need. A.R.M. has collected school supplies and provided the community schools with the contributions. The Organization hosted and sponsored a Thanksgiving Day Dinner, at our local Glenn Maker Post 1160 American Legion Hall, for our Military Troops from the Great Lakes Naval Base. In addition there will be other drives and donations to local charities and groups.
Chief Pyznarski is a member of the South Suburban Association Chiefs of Police (SSACOP), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP). He has also been a member of the Chicago Ridge Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #12 for 26 years.