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Maple Park hires Stiegemeier as new police chief

MAPLE PARK – On Dec. 5, the Maple Park Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dean Stiegemeier as the new police chief in Maple Park, a news release stated.

Stiegemeier has 40 years of experience in law enforcement. He holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, as well as a certified police chief through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the release stated.

As police chief for the city of South Beloit, he provided direction and leadership to a department of 16 full-time and part-time, sworn and civilian personnel, the release stated. Before that, he was with the Carpentersville Police Department for 34 years.

Stiegemeier will retire from his position with the city of South Beloit on Dec. 31, the release stated, noting his first day with Maple Park will be Jan. 2.

His hiring comes after former Maple Park Police Chief Tony Ayala resigned Sept. 15. During the interim, prior Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta, who retired May 2016, filled in while the village searched for a replacement.

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