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Sugar Grove seeking new police chief

SUGAR GROVE – The village of Sugar Grove soon will begin the search for a new police chief following the retirement this month of Chief Brad Sauer.

Sauer has been with the department for 24 years and served as the police chief for the past nine. His last day is June 29.

Village President Sean Michels said the Village Board still has to discuss the process that will be used to hire Sauer’s replacement.

“There’s no rush to fill the position,” Michels said. “It is a position that doesn’t turn over very often. It is a position that you want to make sure you find a longtime candidate for.”

One of Sauer’s biggest attributes is that he grew up in the area, Michels said.

“He’s a local guy,” Michels said. “He knew a lot of longtime families in town.”

Sauer also had the benefit of being a former Kane County Board member and a former president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District, Michels said.

Sauer declined to be interviewed for this story.

As police chief, Sauer oversees a police department of 12 sworn officers, three part-time officers and one civilian officer. Sugar Grove police investigator John Sizer said the department will have to adjust to Sauer not being around.

“He’s been a fixture around here for a lot of years,” Sizer said. “He’s done a very good job. The department is certainly in a better place since he took over as chief.”

Sauer trusted officers to do their jobs, Sizer said.

“He expected us to do our jobs,” Sizer said. “I would keep him informed about what was going on. We didn’t have to have someone micromanaging us. It’s been very easy for me to work with him.”

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