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Village Trustees to Interview Police Chief Candidates

Jun 26, 2014 08:38PM ● By Steven Jack

The village of Oswego is closing in on the appointment of its next chief of police. 

Four village trustees that are part of the village selection committee will hold a special executive session Saturday morning to interview the three internal candidates who have applied to replace outgoing Chief Dwight Baird. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Baird will take over as Kendall County Sheriff in January. 

Village President Brian LeClercq said two Oswego Police captains and one sergeant have put their hat in the ring. 

“We have some great candidates, and I’m sure we’ll have a great new chief,” LeClercq said. 

A panel of chiefs from the firm DMACT services have met with the candidates and put them through a number of role-playing exercises to evaluate how each would react in certain scenarios. 

The next step will be Saturday’s interviews and then a recommendation from the committee to LeClercq, who will make the appointment. The full Village Board will have for final approval. 

LeClercq said he hopes to announce the next Oswego chief of police by the second Village Board meeting in July.