COMMUNITY NEWS | Naperville Police Department Promotes New Deputy Chief
The Naperville Police Department is pleased to announce that Robert Lee has been appointed to the position of deputy chief. Lee is a 25-year veteran of the Naperville Police Department who most recently served as a commander in the Investigations Division. He will replace Deputy Chief Kathy Anderson, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Lee began his career at the Naperville Police Department as a patrol officer in 1994. He has served as a special enforcement unit detective, property crimes detective, violent crimes detective, special response team operator and Suburban Law Enforcement Academy supervisor, among other assignments. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2013, followed quickly by a promotion to the rank of commander in 2014. In addition to recently overseeing major crimes cases for the Investigations Division, Lee also supervises the Department’s Special Response, Crisis Negotiator, canine and Tactical Dispatch teams.
“Bob brings to the job of Investigations Division deputy chief a wealth of investigative expertise as a former violent crimes detective, a DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force investigator and a commander of our Special Response Team. He has personally assumed a leadership role with some of the most serious crimes in the city/county and has been recognized for his outstanding work ethic, attention to detail and dedication to ensuring our personnel receive the absolute best training,” said Police Chief Robert Marshall. “I look forward to working with Deputy Chief Lee in this new role as a key member of my management team leading the Investigations Division personnel by continuing to provide passionate, results-driven leadership.”
During his time with the Naperville Police Department, Lee has been awarded many commendations and been part of many notable procedural changes. He was the first staff member trained in active shooter rapid response and trained additional NPD staff in this critical skill. Lee also led the way for all members of the Department’s Crime Scene Unit to become certified as investigators through the International Association for Identification and significantly increased their training to include shooting incident reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis. In his new role, Lee plans to continue his focus on ensuring the employees under his command have the education, tools and resources they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
“I am constantly astounded by the dedication and professionalism of our law enforcement team here in Naperville, and I am very humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this well-rounded department as a deputy chief,” said Lee. “I understand that, as a supervisor, I will strongly influence the culture of our organization, and I look forward to working every day to ensure the Naperville Police Department remains an organization we can all be proud of.”
Lee is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving City consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The City is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The City’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.