SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is proud to announce the confirmation of Hiram Grau as the Director of the ISP.
On March 25, 2011, he was appointed to the position by Governor Pat Quinn. The Governor’s appointment was confirmed by the Senate this morning, and as a result, Hiram Grau has become the first Latino Director in the history of the ISP. Illinois joins a handful of other states who have appointed a qualified Latino as the Director of State Police or Highway Patrol.
Director Grau has dedicated much of his life to serving the people of Illinois. His vast experience and extensive law enforcement background make him qualified and well suited to lead the Department.
“I am truly honored and humbled by the appointment, and the opportunity to lead one of the premier state law enforcement agencies in the country,” said Director Grau. “I am confident we can continue to move the agency forward and provide invaluable services to the people of Illinois while maintaining safety on Illinois roadways.”
Prior to his appointment as the ISP Director, Hiram Grau served as deputy chief of investigations for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. In that position, he partnered with other law enforcement entities to ensure public safety in Cook County. Previously, he served 27 years in the Chicago Police Department, working his way from beat cop to deputy superintendent for the Bureau of Investigative Services. In addition to receiving numerous law enforcement commendations and management training certifications, Director Grau served in the military, and is a decorated Vietnam War Veteran. In 2003, he earned his MBA from St. Xavier University.
The Illinois State Police is a multi-faceted agency responsible for promoting public safety in order to protect the rights and property of the citizens of Illinois. The Department is committed to improving the quality of life in Illinois through proactive measures, services, training and education to decrease traffic crash fatalities, and safeguard citizens from crime and terrorism.