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New deputy police chief named

Evanston Police Cmdr. Jeff Jamraz has been promoted to deputy chief by Police Chief Richard Eddington.

The promotion, while not yet formally announced, was confirmed by the department’s spokesman, Cmdr. Tom Guenther.

Jamraz replaces Demitrous Cook as one of the city’s three deputy chiefs. Cook left the Evanston force last month to become chief of police in south suburban Glenwood.

Jamraz joined the Evanston Police Department as a patrol officer in 1988. He was promoted to sergeant in 2005 and to commander in 2008. Jamraz has served as a supervisor in the Office of Professional Standards, the Patrol Bureau and Investigative Services.

He’s a 2007 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and a 2010 graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 241st session. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in management from National Lewis University.

Jamraz and his wife, Karen, have three children, Katie, Tom, and Michael.

In addition, Sgt. Daniel Russell has been promoted to commander. Russell has been a sergeant since 2002 and has worked in the Patrol Division, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, the Office of Professional Standards and the Detective Bureau.

Update 5:05 p.m.: Late this afternoon the city issued a news release announcing promotion ceremonies for the two men scheduled for next Monday’s City Council meeting.

The news release added more background on Russell’s career, including that he joined the Evanston department in 1997 from the Grand Rapids, Mich., police department.

A Master Firearms Instructor, Russell is a 2005 graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 220th session. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and masters degrees in adult education and in university administration, all from from Michigan State University.

Russell and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Katie and John.

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