Deputy Chief Elijah Willis receives a plaque from Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley in recognition of his completing a 10-week leadership training program at the FBI National Academy last year. | Michael Romain
Thursday, January 7, 2015 || By Michael Romain
The Maywood Police Department celebrated several milestones within its rank at a Jan. 5 board meeting. Police Chief Valdimir Talley acknowledged Leslie Grandberry, Elijah Willis and Theodore Yancy for various achievements. It also swore-in new officer Michael J. Frommert.
Willis, the department’s Deputy Chief, graduated from the FBI National Academy with distinction. The Academy comprises a 10-week leadership course for rank-and-file law enforcement officers, who take part in graduate level classes in areas such as communication, forensic science and law.
Willis, who returned from the Academy last December, was one of 230 session members, but he was one of only 12 members who graduated with distinction.
“This year, the Maywood Police Department turns 135 years old and during that time we’ve only had four officers who have attended the FBI National Academy,” said Talley, who is also a graduate of the Academy.
Sergeant Theodore Yancy, a 20-year veteran of the department with experience in a range of roles, was promoted to commander.
According to Talley, Yancy conducts internal investigations and has served on a narcotics task force and in several supervisory positions. He’s also been a firearms trainer, among other skill-based leadership positions.
Grandberry was acknowledged for graduating Lewis University with her master’s degree in the college’s educational counseling program.
“She used to be a school resource officer and that’s where she began her program,” Talley said. “When we came out of the school system, the village could no longer fund that program. But she continued her pursuits.”
Michael Frommer, the village’s newest sworn police officer completed training at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in December and successfully completed the Law Enforcement Certification Examination. VFP