Michael A. Spiotto

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 2, 2004 | Go to article overview

Michael A. Spiotto


Michael A. Spiotto of Mount Prospect for 24 years

A funeral Mass for Michael A. Spiotto, 89, formerly of the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, at St. Cecelia Church, Golf Road (Route 58) at Meier Road, Mount Prospect. Born Jan. 31, 1914, in Salerno, Italy, he died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove. Michael was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired as chief of security and assistant to the chairman of the board, S&C Electric Co., 1980-1992, and was a member of St. Cecelia Church, Mount Prospect. He was a graduate of Loyola University, and received his masters degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1967. He also attended the University of Illinois Circle Campus from 1967-1968, in the management development program. He was appointed to the Chicago Police Department on March 20, 1943. He served in the 37th Police District until 1948, when he was appointed Juvenile Officer, Crime Prevention Bureau, where he investigated cases pertaining to youthful offenders. He was promoted to Sergeant on May 1, 1953, and was the Supervising Patrol Sergeant of the 30th, 37th and 35th police districts. On Oct. 23, 1955, he was assigned to a Special Investigations unit, and was appointed their commanding officer on Jan. 1, 1956. He was involved in the supervision of investigations dealing with homicide of Peterson-Schuessler youths and related major crimes. He was promoted to Lieutenant on Feb. 29, 1956, and was placed in charge of Detective Division D-3 when the Chicago Police Department reorganized. The function of Detective Division D-3 was to conduct in-depth follow up investigations of major robbery, burglary, homicide, narcotics and auto theft crimes occurring in the north one-third section of Chicago. On April 1, 1960, he was placed in charge of the Central Burglary Investigation Unit, and was promoted to Detective Commander in charge of all burglary investigations throughout the city on Dec. 15, 1961. On April 15, 1963, he became Deputy Chief of the Detective Division in charge of Crimes against Persons, which was responsible for the follow up investigations of all homicides, robberies and bomb and arson crimes committed within the city. He was promoted to Chief of Detectives on Jan. 13, 1969, and his division was in charge of conducting follow up investigations on all reported felony crimes and selected graver misdemeanor crimes in the city. He became Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Bureau of Inspectional Services on Jan. 1, 1972. The Bureau of Inspectional Services assumes responsibility for discovering and investigating complaints of police misconduct, violations of narcotic laws and vice conditions, providing intelligence to the Department on Organized Crime and subversive matters.

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