Darien ready to fill police chief vacancy
The Darien Village Board on Saturday voted unanimously to offer the job to Hunter Gilmore of St. Charles, Ill.
A new chief is expected to start work Oct. 1.
Gilmore works as a patrol commander for the Carol Stream, Ill., Police Department, according to a news release from the village of Darien.
He has 22 years of police experience, the release states.
Gilmore has associates and bachelorís degrees in criminal justice as well as a masterís degree in leadership studies.
He has entered a doctoral program in leadership studies, the release states. He lives in St. Charles, Ill.
The board authorized hiring consultant Moffett & Associates to make the offer to Gilmore after nine hours of interviewing five finalists for the position.
Before he can be hired, Gilmore must pass a psychological test, a medical exam, a drug screen and a background investigation.
He also must negotiate a salary and benefits package.
The village board has authorized Administrator Diana Dykstra to negotiate the package, the release states.
The other finalists were: Robert Meiners, a lieutenant with the Lincolnwood, Ill., Police Department; Terrance Freeman, retired detective from the Woodridge, Ill., Police Department; Daniel Layber, a special agent for the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation; and Richard Kendall, an officer with the Town of Geneva Police Department.
The village has been without a chief since December 2008 when the village board suspended former Chief Steve DeVoy. The board later voted to fire DeVoy, but the decision could not be finalized without a disciplinary hearing.
Before a hearing was scheduled, the two parties settled.