George Wagner graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 and from Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and the Administration of Criminal Justice in 1978. In 1989, he graduated with honors from the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. He retired in September 2000, from the Northfield Police Department, where he had served for 31 years, including 30 years as a police officer. Achieving progressive positions in rank, he served 12 years as Deputy Chief and his last 7 years as Police Chief. He also graduated from the 125th Session of the FBI National Academy and is an active member of several police associations.
Mr. Wagner served as a board member on several intergovernmental organizations during his law enforcement career, and was one of the Police Chiefs responsible for founding the North Regional Major Crime Task Force (NORTAF), which investigates major crimes on the North Shore (suburbs north of Chicago). Mr. Wagner is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations. Mr. Wagner’s practice at Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. is focused on Board of Fire and Police Commissioner Hearings, traffic and local ordinance prosecution, general school and municipal law, and litigation.
“Guidelines for Interviews of Students at School by Law Enforcement Authorities.” He participated on a committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys to co-author this.
Illinois Municipal League
Co-author of “Manual on Conflict of Interests and Liability of Illinois Elected Officials.”
Co-author of “Manual on Police and Fire Disciplinary Matters,”
Co-author of “Manual on Liquor Licensing and Regulation,” .
Co-author of “Misconduct Related to a Medical Condition.”
Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
Co-author of "Chief’s Dilemma: The Appropriate Response Under the Illinois Board of Fire & Police Commissioners Act When an Officer is Charged with Criminal Conduct" 2012
Mr. Wagner has presented topics related to the working relationship between law enforcement and schools, as well as timely topics to local Police Chief Associations and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.