Sam Pulia has served as mayor of Westchester since 2009. A lifelong resident, he has served as president of Westchester School District 92.5, deputy chief of the Westchester Police Department and chief of the Willow Springs Police Department. Boasting 30-plus years in law enforcement, he is an adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage Suburban Police Academy and a police instructor for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, Division of Homeland Security. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Pulia traveled to New York City where he was a “first-responder” assigned to the search and recovery efforts at Ground Zero and the security of other high-risk targets in Manhattan. He was selected to attend the prestigious Northwestern Staff and Command School, where he served as class president.