Starting from scratch

By on July 3, 2009

MP’s search for police chief begins anew, targets Sept. 9
by Martha Quetsch
Maple Park—Maple Park village trustee Debra Armstrong, in charge of the search for a new police chief, said the village is starting from scratch in this endeavor.

“We are not using how we have done things in the past as a marker,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong said she and other members of the new Personnel and Communications Committee are researching everything associated with the position to create a job description and salary. They intend to place the opening online and in newspapers as soon as that work is done.

“We are doing our due diligence before we post the position,” Armstrong said.

Part of that legwork will involve consulting with Kane and DeKalb counties’ sheriff’s departments about what the village should seek in a new chief.

As of yet, she does not know whether the job will be full- or part-time.

Currently, the Maple Park Police Department has a part-time officer in charge and several part-time officers.

Village President Kathy Curtis wants the committee to select a new police chief by Sept. 9.

The Maple Park Police Department has been without a police chief since village officials decided 13 months ago not to re-appoint former Police Chief Steve Yahnke.

Yahnke, while working part-time as Maple Park’s police chief, also was employed full time at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Pat Perez opposed Yahnke’s working for both law enforcement agencies, saying he should not wear two badges.

During her campaign this spring for village president, Curtis said the lack of leadership on the former Police Committee delayed the hiring process. Curtis eliminated the committee.