Sunday, September 19, 2021 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Village officials in Broadview and Maywood are close to selecting new police chiefs.
Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson said she’ll announce the town’s new top cop during a regular board meeting on Monday, Sept. 20. — several months after former chief Kevin Eugling retired in February.
During a public meeting held Aug. 4, Thompsons said 45 people applied for the position. Those applicants were whittled down to three finalists.
Residents who spoke at the public meeting said that they wanted their next police chief to be present in the community.
“I took a poll of some residents and they said they want a police chief who will be out here with residents, who isn’t going to be behind the desk 24/7 and pushing papers,” said Gwenevere Turner, the chair of Broadview’s police and fire commission.
“They want to see him out and about,” Turner said. “They want someone who is personable, someone who residents will talk to and [someone who] will listen to residents instead of shooing them off.”
Thompson said after an extensive, months-long process, she’s confident they’ve found the right candidate.
The Broadview board meets at 7:30 p.m., inside of 2350 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview.
Meanwhile, Maywood officials have honed in on three finalists seeking to succeed former police chief Valdimir Talley, who resigned abruptly in July.
On Sept. 14, the village hosted a public meeting for residents to provide their input on the next police chief.
Administrative Consulting Specialists, a municipal consulting firm, is facilitating the search process for Maywood. The firm also helped Broadview find its next chief.
Todd Kupsak, the firm’s president, was present at both public meetings in Maywood and Broadview.
Maywood officials are hosting another meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 5:30 p.m., at 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.
At the meeting, the three finalists for the police chief position will make presentations.
“This presentation will not include a question and answer segment,” village officials explained in a statement.
“Community members are requested to provide input regarding the important qualities and strengths needed in the new leader of the Maywood Police Department.”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly noted that the Broadview board meets at 7 p.m. The board meets at 7:30 p.m. This post has since been updated. VFP regrets the error.