The Lake County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the promotion of Sgt. Karen Serzynski to deputy chief.
The promotion took effect Saturday, Sheriff John Idleburg said.
"I’ve been impressed with Karen’s skill set, aptitude and dedication to the Lake County community," Idleburg said. "Karen has a proven track record, and I have the utmost confidence her contribution in the role of deputy chief will positively impact the sheriff’s office and the community.”
Serzynski joined the sheriff's office in 2005 after serving as an officer in Deerfield.
She previously served as a deputy sheriff in the court security, highway patrol and criminal investigations divisions.
Serzynski was promoted to sergeant in 2012 and served as a commanding officer in the administration, community services, highway patrol and court security divisions.
She has received numerous commendations and awards throughout her career, and is known throughout Lake County for her achievements as a juvenile officer and work as an internet crimes against children investigator.
Serzynski becomes the first female deputy chief at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and will be assigned deputy chief of the Court Security Division, where she will use her skills in supervising more than 65 employees, continue building relationships with the judges and employees of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court and other Lake County departments, and ensure that the county's judicial facilities are kept safe.