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Maple Park police chief resigns; village in search of a replacement

Former police chief returns in the interim

MAPLE PARK – The village of Maple Park has begun to search for a new police chief to replace Tony Ayala.

Village President Kathy Curtis said Ayala resigned from his position Sept. 8 and his last day with the village was Sept. 15.

Former Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta, who retired in May 2016, will take on the role of interim police chief while the village searches for a replacement.

He said he was happy to come back and help out during the search, which he estimates could take a few months, because the people of the community deserved that.

He said he told Ayala that there would be situations such as this in a career and that he advised him to “look upon this as a learning experience.”

“He’s a good man,” Acosta said of Ayala.

Efforts to reach Ayala were unsuccessful.

The board also approved a job description for a police chief, which is currently posted on the village’s website,

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