Raymond Hamilton is a law enforcement professional with over 25 years of progressive leadership experience within the city of Chicago, and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County.
Raymond served as the Deputy Director for Emergency Logistics and Training, and later was Chief of Staff for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In that capacity, Raymond conceived, developed, and led one of the largest emergency logistics operations of any locally operated and federally funded program in the country. This emergency logistics operation consisted of two emergency readiness centers, each over 30,000 square feet, with a large fleet of emergency vehicles and response equipment, valued at over 15 million dollars. He hired, trained, and led 15 personnel who served as emergency logistics officers to maintain and deploy the equipment and vehicles.
In that same capacity, Raymond Hamilton developed one of the most extensive federally funded training programs for emergency first responders in the country. The result of this was the training of over 10,000 firefighters, EMS personnel, and police each year. Raymond Hamilton oversaw the development of training facilities for firefighters and paramedics, including a five-story fire/rescue tower, a trench rescue prop, a collapsed building prop, a confined space prop, and EMS training facilities and equipment. As a police officer, Raymond has served as a SWAT Lieutenant, SWAT Sergeant, Clandestine Drug Lab Supervisory, and Narcotics Supervisor and officer. In response to Hurricane Katrina, he led members of the Chicago Police SWAT team and Emergency Medical Technicians in a three-week-long urban search, rescue, and recovery operation in New Orleans.
He is a licensed attorney and has served as a senior policy advisor for the department and has been responsible for oversight of multi-million dollar budgets, each scrutinized by routine local, state, and federal audits. He has been trained and licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Specialist, and Clandestine Drug Lab Specialist.