Kicking off Monday night's village board meeting in La Grange on a positive note, trustees approved a resolution thanking recently retired La Grange police Lt. Chris Noel for his 30 years of service to the community. Noel retired from the department on Aug. 1.
Noel came to the department after completing police academy training on Aug. 1, 1981. He was promoted in 1993 to sergeant, and then again 1996 to investigative sergeant. He was made a lieutenant in 2001.
Noel was the recipient of many awards and honors during his time on the force, including three letters of commendation; the Police Department Meritorious Service Medal; the Educational Achievement Award and numerous Good Conduct awards.
In addition, Noel graduated from the FBI National Academy in March 2003 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Benedictine University in 2009.
In 2010, Noel coordinated with the FBI on a joint investigation for which he spent three months surveilling the His work led to the arrest of three individuals who had been planning an armed robbery at the bank.
"You have been a fabulous representative of this village," Trustee Mark Langan said following the approval of the resolution. "Thank you so much."