Elburn police chief named to TriCity Family Services board

By on October 15, 2009

Steve Smith previously served as intern at the Geneva agency
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—TriCity Family Services has appointed two new board members with strong ties to Elburn, including village Police Chief Steve Smith.

“We were looking for more representation on the board from the Elburn area, and always want more representation from law enforcement,” TriCity Family Services (TCFS) Executive Director Jim Otepka said.

TCFS provides affordable counseling and intervention services to residents throughout central Kane County.

Smith has been Elburn police chief since May, having previously served as commander. In the past, he was an officer for the Geneva Police Department and served as deputy chief in St. Charles.

While with St. Charles, Smith obtained a master’s degree in social work. As part of his graduate school training, he served as an intern at TCFS. After completing his master’s, Smith worked as a part-time psychological counselor at the agency. Otepka said Smith’s background made him an ideal candidate for the TCFS board.

“He brings a unique blend of law enforcement and clinical experience to the board,” Otepka said. “He has a lot of affinity for the agency and the kind of work we do.”

Smith said he will serve on the TCFS board’s personnel committee. He is the only police representative on the board and looks forward to bringing his perspective to the agency.

“I will do anything I can to provide a solid relationship between TCFS and the law enforcement community, using my experience and knowledge,” Smith said.

TCFS appointed Smith to its board of directors, along with Elburn Herald editor Ryan Wells, on Oct. 9. Smith is a resident of Geneva and Wells lives in Plano, Ill.

Otepka said TCFS strives to make sure its board represents sectors of the community with which its clients have contact. Board members’ backgrounds also include, health care, business, education, volunteerism, religion and communications.