Knowing residents comes in handy as the patrol sergent on midnight shift—a truth Marge Kielczynski knows quite well, after 30 years serving in the La Grange Police Department. Kielcynski, or "Sarge Marge," as she's known, was honored Monday night by the La Grange Village Board, village staff and Police Chief Michael Holub, who highlighted Jan. 16, 2011 as her three-decade anniversary.
"Her knowledge of the Village and familiarity with residents is something that she has been able to share with her subordinates," Village President Elizabeth Asperger's report stated. "Her efforts to motivate others do not stop there, however, and she will always find the time to counsel others on police matters, including the proper handing of assignments, truck enforcement, and so forth."
In 2010, Sarge Marge demonstrated for Patch one way she builds relationships and interacts with the community: Segways. She not only trains other officers to utilize Segway patrol, but also trained two Patch reporters, which resulted in an article about the La Grange Police Department's use of Segways, as well as three videos documenting the training:
In addition to training colleagues and subordinates on Segways, Kielczynski is in charge of the Department's Judicial Advisory Grant Project. In this role, she works on program development, budget submission, pricing and purchasing of services and commodities, reporting, and scheduling of personnel and events, according to the Village President's report.
The Village President's report also noted the sergent's other achievements, including, but not limited to: Two Meritorious Service Medals, a Unit Citation, a Good Conduct Medal and a Master of Science degree from Benedictine University.