Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther is retiring today after 27 years on the force. He’s leaving to become chief of the College of Lake County’s police department.

Guenther has served in Evanston as a patrol officer, detective, crime prevention officer, patrol sergeant, supervisor of the community strategies unit, commander of juvenile investigations and the department’s public information officer.

He received numerous letters of appreciation, and has been the recipient of departmental commendations and honorable mentions.

A presentation honoring his service to the city will take place at 3 p.m. today in the Fire Department training room at 909 Lake St.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Oh lord

    Please tell me he will be collecting his pension from Evanston while working the other job. I won't be able to sleep at night if he isn't pulling all in north of $200k. 

  2. His pension—

    It should be paid on the basis of assuming what it would be at 65 and discounted to what ever age he is.

    To simplify, keep interest rates out of it, Pension_Now = Pension_65 * (years of service)/ (65-22) [assuming a person can start working at 22].

  3. Good for him

    Good for him, he spent 27 years protecting us, I'd much rather pay his pension than the politicians who only serve four years and do not seem to be doing any work. Regardless of whether he works another the job in law enforcement or spends the rest of his days on a beach in the Carribean, the City of Evanston would pay him the same pension. So it makes no difference to your checkbook what he is doing next.

  4. Sleep tight

    According to State law, he is elidgible to receive his earned pension as he is not going to work for another municipal police agency. Glad you can now sleep at night!

  5. Union pension benefits have burned a hole in our pockets

    One more example how the pension system is unsustainable and will become insolvent during this decade.

    An Evanston police chief and fire chief, both in their early 50s, recently retired from their six figure salaried jobs and then got jobs in the same position in neighboring towns. They are collecting six-figure pensions along with their six-figure salaries and earning points for yet another pension in 10 years.

    Double dipping, spiking and other pension abuses throughout the system are reprehensible as our taxes keep going up.

    Meanwhile, Evanston aldermen continue to give annual pay raises to local government union employees and no layoffs yet in the fire department, five years into a severe Recession. But city taxes rose 11 percent in the past two years and will go up again.

    Unions give almost 90 percent of campaign donations to Democrat candidates.

    The only way to stop the pension abuse that has financially crippled this city and state is to NOT vote for a Democrat.

    1. Yes Al…

      vote all Democrats out to solve the problem. Republicans are so squeaky clean.

      Voting strict party lines is never a good idea no matter what side of the aisle you prefer to sit.

      Stay safe and cozy in your delusional life

      1. Yes

        Racer X – yes, do vote all Democrats out of office.

        Your party's track record is poor.

        Just look at IL, Cook County… heck, our country as a whole.  Good shape?  NO!

        The quicker we can banish these fools to the woods the better.

        Keep the change Racer X.  Honestly, just keep it and move on.

    2. Commander Guenther

      You expect people to feel sorry for you? Commander Guenther served Evanston for 27 years with all his heart and soul! Just know that you were blessed to have this man serving Evanston, you dont become police chief of a force being a slouch. Great things come to people who are hard working and dedicated.

  6. Good Luck


    I don't want to get into the pension thing.

    I just want to wish you good luck in your new position. Thanks to you and others before you, Evanston has the finest Police Department in the area. The only time, and there is very few times, they have been less than perfect is when the department has bent to please local politics.

    Job well done. I hope your replacement will continue the high standards you have maintained at the department.

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