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New chief officially takes over Richmond police department

Published: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 9:16 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – Richmond’s new police chief plans to keep the department on its current path.

Although the Richmond Village Board made the promotion official last week, Ciro Cetrangolo has been serving as the village’s top cop since December, when the now-retired chief went on medical leave.

“He’s calm, he’s smart; he’ll make a great police chief,” Village President Pete Koenig said, adding that he’s in a similar vein as former Chief John Fryksdale.

Fryksdale is credited with professionalizing the department, and Cetrangolo plans on following Fryksdale’s vision and maintaining the “professionalism, trust and credibility the department has earned,” he said.

First on his to-do list is an assessment of the department’s strengths and weaknesses, getting feedback from staff, the board and the community on what programs and services they’d like to see and what they think the department is lacking.

Cetrangolo plans on continuing Fryksdale’s emphasis on professionalism.

Cetrangolo joined the department six years ago as an officer. He was promoted to sergeant last year.

He’s familiar to the community as the department’s canine officer and through the Richmond Citizens’ Police Academy, according to a village news release.

After graduating from high school in Crystal Lake, Cetrangolo got a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Judson University in Elgin. He also graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s intensive 10-week program that trains officers for senior positions.

Cetrangolo previously worked at departments in Lakewood, Fox River Grove and the Crystal Lake Park District.

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