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Naperville Park District recognizes Officer Arzania ‘Zook’ Williams upon his retirement


Above / Mayor Scott Wehrli, Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres, Officer Arzania “Zook” Williams, Park Police Chief Steve Schindlbeck and Park Board President Mary Gibson are pictured during recognition of Officer Zook’s 40-year career of public service to Naperville. (Photo courtesy Naperville Park District)

During the April 11, 2024, park board meeting, Park Police Officer Arzania Williams, also known as “Zook,” was recognized for his “trusted and knowledgeable” service to the Naperville community as he officially retired.

Officer Williams began his career in law enforcement with the City of Naperville in the mid-1980s. For the last decade, he served as one of the District’s park police officers where he mentored young officers and brought a strong sense of camaraderie to the department.

Officer Williams was presented with a shadow box and a certificate of recognition from Board President Mary Gibson and Park Police Chief Steve Schindlbeck.

Mayor Scott Wehrli and Naperville Police Chief, Jason Arres, also recognized Officer Williams and presented him with the Meritorious Service Award, honoring his years of dedication and excellence as a Naperville police officer before he joined the Naperville Park District Police.

Regular board meetings are livestreamed and may be viewed via the Park District’s YouTube channel.

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Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.


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