Paul M. Harlow has 38 years of municipal experience in both public safety and municipal management for the Village of Glencoe, Illinois on Chicago’s North Shore. This included 10 years as Director of Public Safety of the fully consolidated Public Safety Department and 13 years as Village Manager.
As Director of Public Safety, Mr. Harlow was responsible for coordinating and managing police, fire and emergency medical services in a fully consolidated public safety department. Overseeing the effort of international accreditations in a public safety environment, the department initiated and achieved accredited status in law enforcement through CALEA and initiated the process of fire service accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Upon receiving those certifications, the organization was identified as the only combined services public safety agency in the world with dual accreditation status.
During his tenure as Director of Public Safety, Mr. Harlow led efforts to enhance community based human relations programs and led in the enhancement of numerous regional mutual aide initiatives for effectiveness and efficiencies in area law enforcement and fire service, including the formation of a Major Crimes Task Force and Mutual Aide/Automatic Response Programs. In addition, as Director of Public Safety, Mr. Harlow was an Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). As President of the Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory, Paul led a successful effort to achieve accreditation; becoming at that time, the only such private crime laboratory in the world to be awarded that status.
Mr. Harlow served as a founding member of the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA). He has chaired numerous committees, served as Treasurer and Vice-President and currently volunteers as Chair of the NIPSTA Corporate Liaison Committee.
As the 7th Village Manager of the first community in Illinois (and 14th in the Nation) to adopt a Council-Manager form of Government, Mr. Harlow maintained the standard of excellence for fiscal integrity and governmental responsibility. AAA Bond Ratings, a series of voter approved infrastructure and business district improvements, GFOA awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Popular Annual Financial Report and fiscal stability in an era of economic downturn were maintained throughout his tenure. As Village Manager, Mr. Harlow directed the implementation of public communications policies leading to the Illinois Policy Institute acknowledgment for “receiving the highest score for transparency in the State of Illinois”. Paul oversaw the operation of a variety of municipal services, including the operation of a water production facility and a municipal golf course; both distinguished for their quality. Mr. Harlow initiated and implemented numerous “shared services” programs with other local governmental entities that have led to effective cost savings to the taxpayers.
During his tenure as Village Manager, a significant enhancement to “the arts” in the community was fostered by the Village’s retention and approved expansion of Writers’ Theatre, “a cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence”. The position of the community was also improved by the enhanced relationship between the Village and the Chicago Botanic Garden, an internationally recognized venue.
Mr. Harlow holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Administration of Justice. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and Executive Development Institute. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and Law Enforcement Executive Development Symposium.