Clarendon Hills Chief Anderson Steps Down

  • Mike McCurry
  • 05/19/11
Chief Anderson will be missed by all. Deputy Chief Ted Jenkins will be a confident replacement. Take a look at the article below.
Clarendon Hills Police Chief Pat Anderson stepped down this week from the post he’s held since 2003, village officials said.
Anderson notified the village Wednesday and his resignation took effect immediately, officials said. Deputy Chief Ted Jenkins has been appointed interim police chief.
In a press release, village president Tom Karaba credited 62-year-old Anderson with establishing the department’s Alive at 25 driving safety program as well as contributing to the design and construction of the new police headquarters, among other accomplishments.
The Clarendon Hills Police Department was in the news last week after recently retired police officer Daniel Ryan was arrested and accused of stealing guns from the department.
Jenkins said Anderson’s retirement is unrelated to Ryan’s arrest.
“Chief Anderson was not asked nor was he forced to resign – he resigned on his own free will,” Jenkins said. “It was a pretty quick decision, but I can honestly say without a doubt it is not tied to any wrongdoing or Officer Ryan’s arrest.”
Anderson had always talked of retiring when his kids graduated college, Jenkins said, and he had just attended his son’s graduation last weekend.
“The department has big shoes to fill,” Jenkins said. “He’s the best chief I’ve ever been around, he’ll definitely be missed. He regularly put in 10 or 12 hour days. You don’t find guys with that kind of dedication anymore.”
In a press release, Karaba praised Anderson’s contributions. He did not return calls for comment.
“The Village of Clarendon Hills is a much improved community and better place to live because of Chief Anderson’s passion for public service and dedication to this community,” Karaba said in the release. “He will certainly be missed by his fellow village employees, his colleagues in law enforcement in this region, and the community at large. On behalf of the entire village board, I wish Pat and his family nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

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