WICKER PARK — The Chicago Police Department tapped a new Shakespeare (14th) District commander to oversee policing in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown, filling a job that has been vacant since late summer.
Commander Elizabeth Collazo, a 21-year veteran of the department, was appointed to the job Thursday.
Collazo’s arrival in the 14th District comes after residents questioned for weeks why that leadership position was left open for so long, even as the area struggled with some high profile crimes.
The district’s previous commander, Melvin Roman, was moved from his post in late July, according to a police source. Two leaders from elsewhere in the department stepped in temporarily at the 14th District.
Since late July, the district logged a string of four armed carjackings and the mugging of a 29-year-old woman at knifepoint outside her home. Overall crime is down this year but those incidents left neighbors rattled and frustrated at getting no clear answers about when there would be a permanent replacement for Roman.
Collazo previously worked as a lieutenant in the Albany Park (17th) District, as well as in the Grand Central (25th) and Harrison (11th) districts, according to CPD. Collazo has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University.
Police Supt. David Brown also promoted Thomas Mills as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Networks Group, Andrew Costello as Commander of Central Investigations and Harold Lewis as Commander of Detached Services.
“In their new roles, these leaders bring decades of institutional knowledge that will make Chicago a safer place for our residents and communities,” Brown said in a statement. “They represent the best of CPD and I have the utmost confidence that they will continue to serve with the highest levels of professionalism and dedication to this city.”
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