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Sugar Grove narrows search for police chief

Search began in February; pool down to less than 10 applicants

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – The search for Sugar Grove’s new police chief has been narrowed to less than 10 applicants.

Interim Police Chief Ron Moser said the original list of 132 applicants first had been narrowed to 29, who were asked to submit more information. Twenty-seven of them did. From that 27, the pool was narrowed to less than 10, although Moser would not give an exact number as of last week.

“We’re going to schedule a day of interviews, processes and events to narrow that group down and make a recommendation to the [Sugar Grove] Village Board,” Moser said.

The goal is to provide a recommendation of three or four applicants to the newly sworn-in board at its May meeting, with the hopes that one will be approved by mid-May and start thereafter, depending on the notice the applicant might have to give. Moser noted the village received a slew of well-qualified applicants.

“It was extremely hard to narrow the field,” he said.

The search started at the end of February. Longtime Chief Brad Sauer retired on June 29, 2012. He had spent 24 years with the department, the last nine as chief. In July 2012, Moser was appointed interim police chief. Moser spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, and he previously was the police chief in Hanover Park from 1998 to 2009.

Moser and other staff have been working to narrow the field, with the goal of getting someone in place after the new village board members are seated. The village is looking for a candidate who is knowledgeable about regional dispatch centers, knows how to derive and use information in a shared records management system, will develop staff at the supervisory and command level, is knowledgeable about large-scale special events and can manage and lead an organization of professionals.

In connection to the hiring of a new police chief, the board recently approved about $16,000 in its 2013-14 budget for the position of a part-time administrative officer reporting to the chief of police. If the newly hired chief decides there is a need within the department for the position, it will start being funded in November.

The administrative officer would be responsible for records management, training and reporting, emergency services management, fleet management, vehicle impound and other administrative duties as assigned.

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