Meet our Staff
George E. Carpenter, Interim Chief of Public Safety
George E. Carpenter served as Chief of Police for the Village of Wilmette for approximately 18 years. He also recently served as the Interim Chief of the Department of Public Safety for the College of Lake County.
Charlene Kadlec, Public Safety Assistant
Kadlec joined Oakton in 1980, when the College was located in Morton Grove. She has been the Public Safety administrative assistant since 2004, maintaining police records, supervising the police cadets, and serving as a telecommunicator. Previously, Kadlec worked with the MLT/PBT program and in the former Communications Division office.
Officer Dominiak, who joined Oakton in 2006, has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. He earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from Morton College, and is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Kaplan University. Dominiak began his career with the Village of Summit, Illinois and is still employed as a police officer there. He is a certified firearm, baton, and pepper spray instructor.
Officer Kopecky, who joined Oakton in 2014, received his training at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in Glen Ellyn. He earned his associate of arts degree in law enforcement at Oakton, and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Northern Illinois University.
Officer Messina, who joined Oakton in 2007, is a retired police officer from the Western Springs Police Department, where he served in the Patrol Division and Investigation Unit. He was also a Juvenile Officer and School Resource Officer. Messina graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Officer Modory, who retired from the Oak Park Police Department in 2004 after a 30-year career, joined Oakton in 2007. An experienced officer and supervisor with a wealth of police knowledge, he earned a bachelor's degree in administration of criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Modory has a decade of experience successfully applying the "community-oriented policing" model to daily police work.
Officer Palmsiano comes to Oakton with the 21 years of law enforcement service. Formerly a DARE officer and gang crimes specialist with the West Dunee Police Department, he worked alongside the Kane County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Task Force. Palmsiano received an associate's degree in criminal justice from Harper College.
An Oakton graduate, Officer Patel served as a Public Safety student cadet for four years. Fluent in Hindi and Gujarati, he graduated from the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in December 2014. Patel also successfully completed his eight-week field training at Oakton Community College.
Officer Podlin came to Oakton in 2011 with 25 years of law enforcement experience as an investigative specialist, crime analyst, records management systems administrator, and supervisor. He earned an associate of applied science degree in law enforcement at Oakton and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.