By Devin Rose
Two Oak Parkers, including Police Chief Rick Tanksley, have been named recipients of the Outstanding Community Leadership Award from Concordia University, according to a statement sent Monday from the River Forest school.
The Community Awards for Excellence in Learning and Leadership program was established in 2003, the statement said. It recognizes contributions by individuals and organizations in Chicago's suburbs to leadership, education and humanitarianism.
Tanksley has served as chief of the Oak Park Police Department since 2001 and was "a principal architect" of the department's community policing program, the statement said. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute of Police, and has also served as chairman of a Homeland Security Committee for Cook County.
Tanksley joins the Eli's Cheesecake Company and Oak Park community leader Federico d'Escoto, who will also receive awards through the program.
Eli's president Marc Schulman has been a long time supporter of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and is co-chair of its Business Advisory Board. D'Escoto is owner and president of an organization offering construction services. He also serves as president of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, which advocates for minority and women-owned construction firms.
Awards will be presented at a banquet March 23 at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove. Tickets are $150 each and proceeds will support scholarships for local students attending Concordia University. To purchase tickets, call 708-209-3555.