Program Chair and Assistant Professor - Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies


Dr. Raymond Garritano is currently the Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies and Assistant Professor at Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Master of School Administration degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago Illinois. He also earned Master and Doctorate degrees in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Garritano completed a 32 year career in Illinois school administration. He served as a teacher for five years, school principal for four years in Woodridge, Illinois, assistant superintendent of schools in Woodridge and Oak Lawn, Illinois for seven years. Dr. Garritano then served as Superintendent of Schools for seventeen years in Mokena, IL, located in greater Chicago.

Dr. Garritano also assumed the position of President of the Northern Illinois Superintendents' Round Table Organization was one of his career pinnacles. He was honored to earn the trust of his 350 peers to lead their organization that was established in 1891. Prior to being elected to that position, Dr. Garritano served on a plethora of committees of the organization and made many presentations.

Following his retirement from public education administration, Dr. Garritano served as the Village Manager of the Village of Indian Head Park, IL (IHP) for ten years and during that term graduated from the Illinois Police Academy becoming a full time sworn police officer. He then served a dual role as Manager and Chief of Police for Indian Head Park being one of only two Illinois administers serving in such a dual role. Dr. Garritano continued his education and training in Public Safety during his tenure in IHP including classes provided by the FBI.

Following retirement from Indian Head Park, Dr. Garritano became a full time assistant professor at Lewis University and is currently in his tenth year of teaching in the Justice Law and Public Safety Studies Department.

While serving as Chief of Police, Dr. Garritano was elected by the police chiefs to the Board of Directors of the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police (SSACOP), the largest such organization in the State of Illinois. The association holds regular meetings with chiefs of police serving fifty departments in the county of Cook for the purpose of improving police services and coordinating programs with the Suburban Mayors and Mangers member communities. Concurrently, Dr. Garritano was also elected to the Board of the 5th District chiefs of police organization by his peers.

Dr. Garritano is a Certified FAA Flight Instructor who is certified to teach single and multi-engine pilots in both land and sea plane operations. He served as President of the Lifeline Pilots Organization composed of 550 volunteer pilots whose mission is to facilitate free air transportation for financially distressed passengers with medical and humanitarian needs. A majority of those served are children needing cancer treatments who live in remote areas absent major airports from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast.

Dr. Garritano has published journal articles on management and leadership topics and has presented at numerous professional conferences.



  • 1978 D.P.A., Nova Southeastern University
  • 1976 M.S., Nova Southeastern University
  • 1965 M.A., Roosevelt University
  • 1961 B.S., Roosevelt University


  • Member of Boards of Directors of both the Fifth District Chiefs of Police Association and the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Lifeline Pilots Organization
  • Board of Directors, Frankfort Township Unit of the Illinois Division of the American Cancer Society member, Centennial Walk Commission
  • Sponsor, Big Brothers of America
  • Member – Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Research & Scholarship Committee