Police commission required if population exceeds 5,000

By on September 25, 2009

Village officials expect that result from 2010 census
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—By 2010, when the 10-year U.S. census takes place, Elburn officials expect that the number of village residents will total more than 5,000. If the census confirms that, the village will have to create a police commission.

Village Attorney Bob Britz said Illinois municipalities whose populations exceed 5,000 must have a police commission, under Illinois law.

The police commission would be responsible for hiring, promoting, disciplining and dismissing police officers. Currently, the Village Board makes those decisions.

During Monday’s Village Board meeting, Britz explained the rationale for the state requirement.

“As the village gets bigger, the board has more responsibilities, and you can’t be handling everything,” Britz said.

The three-member police commission would be appointed by the village president, with the advice and consent of the board, Britz said.

The last time a head count took place in Elburn was in 2006, when a U.S. special census determined the village’s population was 4,696.

If Elburn’s population reaches 5,000 or more in 2010, under state law, the village would have to make another change in local government—electing the village clerk, Village President Dave Anderson said.

In the past, the village president has appointed the village clerk annually, with the advice and consent of the board. For the past several years, Diane McQuilkin has held the position.

Britz said the village would have to spend “whatever it takes” to implement the changes.

The 2000 census determined that the number of Elburn residents that year was 2,756.