Terry Vorderer

Mayor of Oak Lawn; retired chief of patrol, Oak Lawn Police Department
Class of 1977
Mayor Terrence (Terry) Vorderer was elected village president of Oak Lawn for a four-year term in April 2021. He has a strong commitment to supporting the businesses and residents in the village, where he has lived his entire life.

Serving as Oak Lawn’s mayor culminates a life of service, which began when Vorderer served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam. After the war, he was hired by the Oak Lawn Police Department, where he worked for 34 years. He rose through the ranks, holding the positions of patrolman, detective, sergeant and captain, and ended his career in law enforcement as the chief of patrol.

Vorderer enrolled at Moraine Valley because he knew he would need further education to advance his career. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Governors State University and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

After retiring from the police department, Vorderer was a commissioner on the Oak Lawn Park District board for six years and its president for one year and served as a village trustee for more than eight years before running for mayor. He was president of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans and has been a longtime member of the Oak Lawn VFW, American Legion and Elks Lodge.