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Homewood welcomes Tom Johnson as new deputy police chief

Village Clerk Marilyn Thomas administers the oath of office to Tom Johnson, who was promoted to Deputy Police Chief effective Jan. 28. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Homewood Detective Sgt. Tom Johnson took the oath of office at the village board meeting Feb. 13 in his new position as deputy police chief.

Johnson’s promotion was effective Jan. 28. He replaces Deputy Chief Robert Misner, who retired in November 2023.

Police Chief Denise McGrath introduced Johnson to trustees and the public, noting that he has been a member of the Homewood Police Department since November 2009.  

Johnson was promoted to the rank of sergeant in May 2019. He has also served as a patrol officer, detective, acting watch commander and patrol sergeant


“He has been an integral member of both the Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team and South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force,” McGrath said. “I’m very happy to have him join me on the adminstrative staff of the Homewood Police Department.”

Prior to joining the Homewood department, Johnson served with the Glenwood Police Department for seven years.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Public Safety Administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph. He is a 2021 graduate of Northwestern Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command.

In other business, the board 

  • Approved a special use permit for Honeycomb Hideout, 18205 Dixie Highway, an existing event space, to add fitness classes to its offerings.
  • Approved a parking variance for Emad Abed and Mohammad Majid, that will allow the development of a fast-casual takeout restaurant at 810 Maple Ave. The restaurant will be added to two current uses, a tobacco shop and beauty supply store. Majid plans to develop a Fill a Pita Mediterranean Grill at that location.
  • Approved the reappointment of Daniel Wentworth to the Ethics Commission, Gregory Knoll to the Police Pension Board and Christopher Cummings to the Police Pension Board.
  • Accepted the annual reports of the Senior Committee, Fire Pension Board and the Police Pension Board.

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