Our Namesake: Miguel Juarez

Miguel Juarez was born July 25, 1952 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. His family immigrated to El Paso, Texas, one year later. Miguel Juarez become a Waukegan police officer on November 14, 1979.

Miguel Juarez rose through the ranks of the Waukegan Police Department, beginning as a patrol officer and working in the SWAT team and detective bureau, and later as a supervisor and commander of the gang unit, major crimes scene unit and narcotics unit. He was appointed deputy police chief in 1993, and served as deputy chief of services and deputy chief of operations for eight years. Miguel Juarez was appointed chief of police in April 2001.

During his career in Waukegan, Miguel Juarez became the department's first Hispanic sergeant (1985), lieutenant (1990), deputy chief (1993) and police chief (2001). During Juarez's tenure as chief of police, crime rates in the city continued their decline, according to department statistics.

Miguel Juarez was a member of the Waukegan Unit School District Board of Education, Chief of Police in Waukegan, Illinois, and long time NLPOA Member.

Miguel Juarez
July 25, 1952 - March 4, 2003