SUGAR GROVE – Pat Rollins has worked his way through the ranks in law enforcement over the past 23 years, and Monday he started his newest post as Sugar Grove’s police chief.
Rollins, 51, came from the Lombard Police Department, where he has spent his 23-year career. There, he served for about 12 years as deputy chief, overseeing patrol shifts and operations. Before that, he oversaw budgets, records, accreditation and property evidence. His other titles include patrolman, sergeant, deputy police chief and lieutenant.
Although he has filled in for Lombard police chief when he took vacations, Rollins said this is his first permanent job as a police chief. He said he wanted to apply for the job as soon as he saw the description in the posting.
“When I read the advertisement for the job description, I thought it would be the perfect fit for me,” he said. “The opportunities that were present and the experience [requirements] listed in the flier hit home.”
He replaces Ron Moser, who has been serving as the interim police chief since July 2012. Longtime Police Chief Brad Sauer retired June 29, 2012.
Rollins said Monday he has some ideas he hopes to implement, but he wants to communicate with the staff before stating them publicly.
“They’re involved, and I want their input,” he said. “I want to continue to move in the positive direction that Ron Moser established.”
Rollins said he’s transitioning into the job by introducing himself to the staff, giving them opportunities to ask questions and getting up to speed on any open items he needs to tackle.
One interesting factoid about Rollins is he might have indirectly played a role in Europe winning the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Medinah in September. When one of Europe’s top players, Rory McIlroy, confused his central time tee off with eastern time, Rollins stepped in to rush McIlroy to the greens just in time. Rollins said he was just in the right place at the right moment.
“It was something I would never have dreamed of,” he said. “It’s like it was made for a movie.”