Village of Wayne officials have made a commitment to maintain a police department despite the April 30 retirement of its police chief and four senior officers.
According to a village of Wayne e-mail update issued today (Monday, Dec. 13, 2021), officials will hire a consultant to help find a new police chief to replace Chief John Naydenoff, who is retiring on April 30, 2022, after 38 years of law enforcement.
Officials said four officers are retiring effective April 30 “for a number of reasons including normal retirement, health issues and the possible negative effect on officer’s pensions contained in legislation passed this January in Springfield.”
“Filling this void is one of the largest challenges that the village of Wayne has ever faced,” officials said. “To put it in perspective, these officers account for 75% of regular monthly hours worked by the department. The process of replacing these officers is complicated by the severe shortage of trained police officers throughout the area that is affecting nearly all departments.”
The four retiring officers are:
- Tony Quarto, recently promoted to commander, who joined the department in 2014 after retiring from the West Chicago Police Department with 30 years of service.
- Warren Rylko, who joined the village of Wayne department in 2016 and has dedicated over 40 years of his life to police service, most of that with the Chicago Police Department.
- Jim Lucas, who joined the department in 2018 after 30 years with the Carol Stream Police Department.
- Tom Miller, who joined the department in 2018 with 36 years of police experience, most of which was with the Carol Stream Police Department.
A time and location have not yet been set for the Town Hall meeting on Jan. 8, but officials said details will be published once the mechanics of the meeting are confirmed.
“We feel it’s important that all residents have the opportunity to learn about these issues, see how they affect Wayne, how they might affect our efforts to find a new police chief and replacement officers as well as how they might affect policing in general in Illinois,” officials said.
Village Board members said they are committed to maintaining a Wayne Police Department.
“To that end, we plan to hire an outside police consulting firm to provide independent and objective guidance in the hiring process,” they said via a news release and email blast. “We are doing this because not only is this a really important hire for the village but we want to make sure we have the best information available when we conduct the process and that we do the best job we can for the village and its residents.”
In addition to hiring a consultant, village officials will write and publish a job posting in police publications in DuPage County and Kane County, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as other regional chief’s organizations.
The consulting firm will review and score all the applications received, then narrow the list to five or six semifinalists who will go through an Assessment Center evaluation that will reduce the list to the top three.
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