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Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory - Executive Director

30 Jan 2024 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory

Executive Director (Position available between June 1 –Sept. 1, 2024)

 Application deadline: 3/15/24

To Apply

Submit Application and Resume to Chief Mike Simo by close of business March 15, 2024.


The Organization

The Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory was established in 1968 by five North-Shore police departments. In March 2022, the laboratory relocated to a newly designed laboratory space of 11,000 sq. ft. in Mundelein, IL. This internationally accredited (ANAB) laboratory is organized as an Illinois

Intergovernmental Cooperative and now provides nearly a full range of forensic services to a

membership of 59 law enforcement agencies representing 1.6 million citizens in 6 counties in the greater Chicagoland area. The laboratory is staffed by 16 highly trained and educated forensic scientists who conduct testing in Drug Chemistry, Toxicology (DUI), Latent Prints, Firearms, Toolmarks, Footwear and

Tire Track Impressions and in Biology/DNA.

The Executive Director reports regularly to a very supportive Executive Board made up of five Police

Department Chiefs elected by the membership of the laboratory biannually. A Board of Directors, made up of the Executive Board and eleven Trustees who are appointed by the Executive Board, are charged with approving the laboratory budget annually.

This ideal organizational structure provides a large degree of flexibility in how the laboratory is successfully managed.


The Executive Director works closely with an Assistant Lab Director/Quality Assurance Manager to manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratory. The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • ·         Ensuring that accurate, objective, and timely forensic services are provided to member LEAs.
  • ·         Together with the Quality Assurance Manager, ensuring that Accreditation of the laboratory and proficiency of the staff is maintained.
  • ·         Professional and scientific development for the laboratory staff.
  • ·         Business operations of the organization including:
  • o   Managing appropriate Business/Liability Insurance
  • o   Facility infrastructure such as, IT, phones, LIMS, security, general maintenance
  • o   Banking, budgets, accounts payable/receivable, bookkeeping, annual fiscal audits
  • o   Overall grant responsibilities (federal and state)
  • o   Communication with laboratory staff and membership agencies
  • o   Managing growth of the laboratory
  • o   Manage annual drug and gun destruction services for member LEAs
  • o   Providing training in Latent Print and Impression Evidence Collection to member LEA staff
  • o   Provide other trainings as necessary to a variety of criminal justice partner organizations.

  • o   Provide Quarterly Reports of laboratory operations
  • o   Maintain informative website
  • ·         Human Resources
  • o   Personnel development, safety, evaluation, pay, discipline, maintenance of the Employee Handbook,
  • o   Payroll and retirement benefits
  • o   Health benefits
  • ·         Regular participation in state and national forensic science organizations
  • o   ASCLD
  • o   IL Forensic Science Commission


Minimum Qualifications

  • ·         A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, or closely related scientific field. An advanced degree in these areas or in business or public administration is highly desirable.
  • ·         Ten years of forensic experience with 5 additional years of supervisory/management responsibilities.
  • ·         All experience must have been acquired in an accredited forensic laboratory.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge and detailed understanding of

forensic quality assurance processes and accreditation requirements. probative value of forensic evidence

human resource management grant management

business practices

personnel development


Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to work collaboratively and to effectively manage laboratory operations as well as the high expectations of the laboratory’s criminal justice partners.


Competitive pay commensurate with experience Medical and Dental PPO plans

Vision reimbursement plan

Life Insurance ($50,000) with supplemental insurance available Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance

Employee Assistance Program


401(k) plan (including Roth option). Laboratory contributes a maximum of 10% of salary if employee contributes 4%.

Retirement Health Savings (Reimbursement) Plan which can be used for insurance premiums upon

separation of employment. Laboratory contributes $800/yr and employee contributes $400/yr. Once an unused sick leave threshold is reached, unused sick time is bought out annually with contributions to the RHS plan.


Vacation time that accrues at 10 hrs/mo Sick time that accrues at 8 hrs/mo.

10 paid holidays/yr

Background Investigation will be done on candidates in the final stages of the hiring process.

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