Tim Filkins promoted to sergeant with Flossmoor PD

  Tim Filkins, left, receives 
  congratulations from
  Flossmoor Police Chief 
  Michael Pulec after 
  being sworn in at the 
  rank of sergeant.
(Photo 
  by Carole Sharwarko/
  H-F Chronicle)
 

Flossmoor Police Officer Tim Filkins, who last year arrested a bank robbery suspect who may have been on his way to commit another crime, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. Filkins was officially sworn in as a sergeant at the Flossmoor Village Board meeting on March 5 at Village Hall.

According to Police Chief Michael Pulec, who offered a short statement before the swearing-in, Filkins became a member of the Flossmoor department in 2013, and was assigned as a shift leader less than two years later. His step-up comes after his assessment scores put him on the top of the promotion list.

“It is with great honor that I congratulate Sergeant Filkins on truly earning his advancement in rank,” Pulec told the crowd. “He acts as a mentor, leader, trainer, and I have complete faith he will continue to excel in his commitment to this department and the Village of Flossmoor.”

Filkins began his police career in Glenwood, then served on the force in Matteson for 10 years, rising to the rank of deputy chief. He then took a nearly decade-long hiatus to serve as a Baptist minister, even starting his own church.

In 2013, he returned to his life as a cop, this time with Flossmoor.

“I just felt the Lord’s calling into full-time ministry. I had a calling to leave law enforcement and become a pastor, and then I had a call to come back,” Filkins said. “I never stopped loving either one of those jobs.”

He continues his work as a pastor, now at First Baptist Church of Momence, leading a congregation of about 150.

On the Flossmoor Police Department, Filkins serves as a field training officer and as one of the department’s public information officers. He is also a domestic violence instructor and holds a range officer certification.

Filkins recently enrolled in his first class toward earning a master of criminal justice degree from Governors State University. He’s planning to take it slow, hopefully graduating in two years.

“We’ll see what kind of a workload I can take on with two jobs,” he said.

Around the south suburban law enforcement community, Filkins is probably best known as the officer who helped collar a bank robbery suspect last November. Filkins pulled the man over for speeding on Flossmoor Road and became suspicious, initiating a search of the man’s vehicle. That search led to the man’s arrest and bank robbery charges for a heist that took place two weeks earlier in Orland Park.

Pulec later said he believes the man was on his way to another robbery when he was stopped by Filkins.

Filkins said he is proud of the November apprehension.

“Actually, I was prouder of the people who worked with me on the call,” he said. “All I did was stop the car and noticed something suspicious.”

Because Filkins has previously served as a sergeant, he said there’s little learning curve for him in the role. He’s already settling into the role, and he appreciates the opportunity to lead others.

“At my age, I’d rather be in charge of people doing police work, rather than going out and getting the arrests myself,” he said.

Related story:

 

About Us

A great community deserves a great newspaper. The HF Chronicle was created in June 2014 as an online publication. In December 2015 we began monthly print publication, too. Our mission is to chronicle the life of our community — news by, for, and about the people of Homewood and Flossmoor, Illinois.

Letters

Do you have something to say? If you want to inform the community about events, issues, recognitions, concerns, etc., write a letter. 

Send a letter

Correction suggestions

If you see a mistake in The Chronicle, whether it's a typo, a misspelling or an error of fact, please let us know. Our goal is to provide reliable, accurate stories, and if we miss a detail, we want to fix it fast.

Submit correction

Contact Us

A great community makes a great newspaper. We want to hear from you with news tips, story ideas, your photos and accounts of events, corrections, problems, suggestions, etc. Call or write the editors
Eric Crump at [email protected] or 630-728-2661
Marilyn Thomas at [email protected]
Tom Houlihan at [email protected]

For advertising, distribution or general business inquiries, contact Eric Crump at [email protected] or 630-728-2661.

Postal address:
The HF Chronicle
P.O. Box 461
Flossmoor, IL 60422