While gathered in Springfield for session, representatives from the Illinois House offered legislation to honor former Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau. Director Grau was appointed to the position in 2011 as the Illinois State Police’s first Hispanic Director. House Resolution 61 honored Director Grau by thanking him for his service to the State and dedication to public safety.
|State Rep. John Cabello & former ISP Director Grau both center|
The resolution’s chief sponsor, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) acknowledged Director Grau’s achievements during his four year tenure.
“Director Grau’s devotion to public safety and service to the State of Illinois will leave a lasting impression for all to follow,” said Rep. Cabello. “His leadership and professionalism led to one of the oldest cold cases in American History, the 1957 murder of Maria Ridulph, to be solved. I wish Director Grau all the best as I know his excellence will continue in his next endeavor.”
During his tenure, Director Grau oversaw the ISP’s implementation of Illinois’ concealed carry program, meeting every statutory deadline. He authorized the use of non-lethal and state-of-the-art tasers by troopers and renewed the ISP’s efforts on diversity and recruitment. He expanded joint efforts by partnering the Metro East Police Assistance Team (MEPAT) and Chicago Police Department in a fugitive apprehension initiative.
Prior to becoming Director of the ISP, Director Grau was Deputy Chief of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office of Investigations Bureau, where he oversaw the Narcotics/Special and Municipal Investigations Divisions. He has spent his entire career in law enforcement, 28 of those years with the Chicago Police Department, working his way up through the ranks as Patrolman, Tactical Officer, Gang Crime Specialist, Detective, Undercover Narcotics Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Watch Commander, District Commander, Deputy Superintendent, and Acting First Deputy. He also spent 9 years on the FBI’s Street Gang Investigation Squad.
Director Grau has received hundreds of special commendations, awards, and recognitions. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran, receiving 4 medals while serving with the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He served as Past President of the St. Jude Police League, was a former professor of the Adler School of Psychology (Police Leadership Course), a guest lecturer at the Vietnam Veterans Museum, and a former Leadership Course Instructor for the Chicago Police Department’s Executive Development Program.
Director Grau has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/social justice from Lewis University and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Xavier University. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the City of Chicago Executive Development Program.