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Miguel Juarez
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Birth: Jul. 27, 1952
Chihuahua, Mexico
Death: Mar. 4, 2003
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Miguel Juarez was born July 25, 1952 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. His family immigrated to El Paso, Texas, one year later. At 16, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen and graduated from Coronado High School in 1971. Juarez enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in San Diego, Memphis, Tenn., Beaufort, S.C., Cherry Point, N.C., Iwakuni, Japan, and participated in NATO operations in Norway and Denmark. He returned to school and in 1984 graduated from the College of Lake County with an Associate Degree. In 1999, he received his bachelor's degree from Columbia College of Missouri's. Chief Juarez was also a graduate of the 10-week intensive course at Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, where he was class preside nt in 1996. He spoke not only English and Spanish , but Japanese as well.

Juarez become a Waukegan police officer on November 14, 1979. He rose through the ranks, beginning as a patrol officer and working in the SWAT team and detective bureau, and later as a supervisor and commander of the gang unit, major crimes scene unit and narcotics unit. He was appointed deputy police chief in 1993, and served as deputy chief of services and deputy chief of operations for eight years. Miguel Juarez was appointed chief of police in April 2001.

During his career in Waukegan, Miguel Juarez became the department's first Hispanic sergeant (1985), lieutenant (1990), deputy chief (1993) and police chief (2001). During Juarez's tenure as chief of police, crime rates in the city continued their decline, according to department statistics.

Chief Juarez, also a member of the Waukegan Unit School District board of education. He died of heart failure in 2003. In 2005 Waukegan East Middle School was renamed Miguel Juarez Middle School.
Ascension Catholic Cemetery
Lake County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Ken Nagel
Record added: Jul 14, 2010
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Miguel Juarez
Added by: Ken Nagel
Miguel Juarez
Added by: Ken Nagel
Miguel Juarez
Added by: Ken Nagel
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Missing me dear friend from childhood as we grew up together through high school. You would always stop to visit me no matter where I moved to throughout the years. Always remember the good times and the fun experiences we had. CHEERS to you my dear frie...(Read more)
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