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Village Names New Woodridge Police Chief

New Police Chief Ken Boehm previously served as deputy chief and interim chief.

Ken Boehm is the new Woodridge police chief, the village announced Friday. 

Boehm previously served as one of two deputy chiefs in the . He has served as interim police chief since November, when former chief Steve Herron retired. 

Boehm was selected following an "in-depth national search" conducted by Voorhees & Associates, according to a village press release. He will be appointed and sworn in at a public ceremony during the Feb. 23 village board meeting. 

Boehm has served with the Woodridge Police Department for 24 years, first serving as a patrol officer in Feb. 1988. He was promoted to sergeant in June 1999 and then to deputy chief in June 2005. 

He has held a variety of specialized positions, including gang officer, detective, field training officer and SWAT officer. Boehm also served as assistant SWAT commander for the regional Felony Investigative Assistance Team. 

As a sergeant, he supervised the patrol, tactical, detective and field training units. As deputy chief, Boehm oversaw both the Patrol Division and Support Services Division.   

“We are thrilled to have selected Ken Boehm as our next Police Chief," said Kathleen Rush, village administrator, in the release.

"His vast policing experience, his community-minded approach, and his ability to lead the Department forward made him the overwhelming choice. He is tremendously respected within the department, the village, and the community.  He is a true professional who will bring strong leadership skills and experience to the position.”

Janice February 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Congratulations, Ken. We remember a young officer riding with his Sarge getting to know the Village. They made a good choice. Be a fair and just Chief. Stay safe. God Bless. Rich and Janice Z
Gwynne Ameram February 11, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Why did the Village waste money doing an "in-depth national search" when the next Chief was right there ??

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