Hiring Range: $135,044 - $158,095 DOQ with excellent benefits
Participation in a defined contribution plan available for qualifying individuals.
The Village of La Grange (pop. 16,321) is seeking a motivated and upbeat professional to serve as Chief of Police.
La Grange is a vibrant community offering walkable and charming neighborhoods surrounding a bustling downtown that features dozens of diverse restaurants, numerous independent shops, and national retail tenants. Located at the crossroads of La Grange Road, Ogden Avenue, and the Metra BNSF line, over 50,000 vehicles, commuters, and pedestrians stream through downtown La Grange every day. The La Grange Police Department provides excellent service to the community and values continual improvement, including pursuing Tier 2 accreditation through ILEAP.
The new Chief of Police will be instrumental in leading significant projects that chart the course for the agency well into the future. The La Grange Police Department is a valued facet of the community. The department's high visibility provides an opportunity to preserve and promote community safety through quality service to residents, business owners, and visitors. The department enjoys strong support from elected and appointed officials. The next Chief of Police will have the opportunity to build upon recent successes in the development of the department's leadership team.
The department is comprised of 35 full-time employees, including 28 sworn officers and five civilian employees (two parking enforcement officers, two records specialists and a management analyst), as well as two part-time officers. There is a Deputy Chief, six Sergeants and 20 patrol officers in addition to the Police Chief. Police Officers are hired and promoted through the La Grange Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The Commission oversees hiring and promotion of officers up to, but not including, the Deputy Police Chief and works collaboratively with the Chief. Patrol officers (who are on 8.25-hour shifts) are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires April 30, 2026.
Fire services are provided by the La Grange Fire Department, with public safety communications services provided by LTACC (Lyons Township Area Communications Center). The Police Department is a part of MCAT (Major Case Assistance Team) and other regional efforts. The Department oversees contractual crossing guard services for several elementary schools and a School Resource Officer serves as a resource to the Lyons Township High School North Campus.
The Police Chief is appointed by the President and Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the Village Manager. The Chief reports to the Village Manager and serves on the Village's Management Team. The current Chief is retiring after 24 years with the department and has contributed tremendously to the Department's success. The next Chief will have a supportive, friendly relationship with the residents of the community and meet the expectation of having personal and professional integrity. The Department has a budget of $4,503,657 with support for training and equipment replacement. Department facilities include a shooting range.
Successful completion of physical exam, drug screening, stress test and background investigation is required.
Interested candidates should apply online by June 21, 2023 with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 5 professional references.
First review of resumes will be June 7, 2023.
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