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Village of Maywood Welcomes Our New Police Chief

Chief Elijah Willis is a 21-year veteran of the Maywood Police Department.  Willis was appointed to Chief of Police after serving as the Deputy Chief since 2014.  His staff describes him as a commanding presence of a leader, of few but firm words when necessary.

After 36 years, Chief Willis continues to serve his country as a Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army Reserves out of Southfield, Michigan.

Residents can reach Chief Willis at the Maywood Police Department at (708) 450-4460.  The Maywood Police Department is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by calling 911 in an emergency. The Village welcomes Chief Elijah Willis to his post of duty as we Move Maywood Forward Together.

Elijah Willis, Operations
Elijah Willis, Police Chief
Phone: 708-450-4460


Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life in the Village of Maywood by delivering professional and progressive law enforcement services in partnership with the community.

The Maywood Police Department Value Statement

The Maywood Police Department will deliver services to the Village of Maywood through a multi-faceted approach to resolve problems while maintaining a value system centered around Mutual Respect, Integrity, Transparency, and Constitutional Equality

The Role of the Police Chief:

The role of the Police Chief is to ensure professional policing of the community and an efficiently run department that is responsive to the needs of the community.

Police Chief Community Input

The Village of Maywood invites the community to provide input on the selection of Maywood's next Chief of Police. Community members may attend a presentation from the Chief of Police candidates on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, starting at 5:30 PM. This presentation will not include a question and answer segment. Community members are requested to provide input regarding the important qualities and strengths needed in the new leader of the Maywood Police Department.

Please email your comments to The selection committee will respond to all emails that are sent with confirmation of receipt.

The goals of the Maywood Police Department are as follows:

  1. Reduction of Crime by (5%) Percent.
  2. To become more customer friendly, improving the image of the Maywood Police Department.
  3. To improve the morale of the Maywood Police Department Members.
  4. To increase enforcement through strategic operational programs.

Thank you for your participation in this effort and we appreciate all input for the process.


The Maywood Police Chief is supported by one Deputy Chief (TBD) of Police and Police Commander.

Theodore Yancy, Police Commander                                                              708-450-4024

Daryl Fairley, Lieutenant                                                                               708-450-4469

Lynda Solivan, Executive Assistant                                                                  708-450-4461

Carmen Rivera, Community Resource Liaison                                                   708-450-4409

Venus Meadows, Records Administrator                                                           708-450-4450

Telephone Numbers for Responsible Reporting:
Maywood Police                             (708) 450-4450
Suicide Prevention                         (800) 273-TALK
Domestic Violence                          (800) 799-7233
National Victims of Crime               (202) 467-8700
Sexual Assault                                (800) 252-2873
Maywood Youth Mentoring              (708) 344-3577

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