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Cary resident selected as next police chief

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 3:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 11:32 p.m. CDT
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Patrick Finlon

CARY – The village’s next police chief will be a current Cary resident.

Former Lake Zurich Police Chief Patrick Finlon, 53, has accepted the top Cary position.

Finlon has lived in Cary for 23 years, and he has coached in the Cary-Grove Youth Baseball and Softball organization, been a Cary-Grove High School booster and helped develop the village’s disaster plan.

“I have a vested interest in the community,” Finlon said.

Finlon, who is scheduled to start Jan. 6, is set to earn $110,000 a year. He replaces former chief Steven Casstevens, who left in June to become Buffalo Grove’s police chief.

Finlon retired from Lake Zurich in November, a decision he announced in September. He said he is keeping his health insurance through Lake Zurich.

“The timing was good, but incidental,” Finlon said.

Lake Zurich has about 20,000 people and a police department about the same size as Cary’s department, he said.

Finlon said he plans to address some issues brought up in a recent review of the police department by REM Management Services, but he also plans to sit back and look at the department before making adjustments to its structure.

He said he also wants to solidify relationships with the school districts.

The village board is scheduled to vote on his employment agreement Tuesday, said Village Administrator Chris Clark.

Finlon has served as a dispatcher, school liaison officer, worked as an instructor, completed the Northwestern University Traffic Institute and attended the FBI National Academy, among other things.

“He has a very diverse background from the standpoint of police services,” Clark said. “He brings with him a lot of depth and a lot good opportunities for new ideas for Cary’s [police department].”

The search for the police chief was conducted by REM Management Services for $11,000.

There were 66 applicants. Of those, 22 people did a written exercise.

The pool was then narrowed to eight people, who went through an “assessment center” which included a mock press conference and questions on how they would handle different scenarios, Clark said.

Only the eight names were brought to the village board, and of those three were selected to be interviewed by the village board.

“We ran a completely unbiased search,” Village President Mark Kownick said. “All resumes went through REM management.”

The three candidates also were interviewed by members of the police department, including Acting Chief Mike Roth, members of the citizens police academy and police commission members.

“I’ve met some of the people in [the village]. They’re very good people,” Finlon said. “Hopefully, I could make a positive contribution in regards to law enforcement.”

Patrick Finlon file Who is he?: Finlon is set to start working for Cary as its police chief Jan. 6. Age: 53 Town: Cary Family: He and his wife, Cindy, have two children: Katie, 21, a senior at Northern Illinois University, and Sean, 18, a freshman at the University of Illinois. Experience: Retired Lake Zurich police chief, part-time instructor for the University of Phoenix at the Chicago Campus, police and fire dispatcher for Hoffman Estates, telecommunications specialist in the U.S. Army. Education: Finlon has a master of science degree in criminal science/social justice from Lewis University, a bachelor of arts in political science from Northeastern Illinois University and an associate in applied science in criminal justice from William Rainey Harper College.

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