The Lincolnshire Police Department has begun a transition and rebuilding period that is expected to last two years and begin with the hiring of a new deputy chief.
Chief Peter Kinsey, who told the Village Board Monday that none of his current sergeants is ready to assume the role, recommended the board hire Bill Price, a former deputy chief of the Vernon Hills Police Department, for a two-year contract.
That selection, coupled with the hiring of another patrol officer and some shift adjustments, should create an environment in which sergeants can learn more about the department’s numerous functions and should eventually produce a long-term deputy chief, Kinsey said.
“The department is still undergoing major systemic changes,” he said. Due to conditions created by those major changes, finding opportunities to offer advancement training has been difficult in recent years, Kinsey said.
The board will vote on whether to hire Price during its June 23 meeting; should Lincolnshire bring him in, Kinsey said his next move would be to create a fifth sergeant position by Labor Day, promoting an officer for that role.
After that, Kinsey plans to expand the number of sworn staff from 24 to 25, where it was until 2010, he said. The department has operated short of a patrol officer and a community-service officer this year, Kinsey said, so the funding for new hires exists.
Trustee Patrick McAllister said he likes what he heard.
“We’re trying to right-size again,” McAllister said.
Lincolnshire’s patrol officers work 12-hours shifts. When Kinsey came aboard, the four sergeants worked eight-hour shifts, which created scheduling headaches, he said.
As a result, two of the sergeants have moved to half-days, and the other two — and the potential fifth sergeant — will be there by 2015, Kinsey said.
Having a fifth sergeant would enable staff to take turns supervising the LPD’s different divisions, Kinsey said. That experience should generate the overview the future deputy chief needs, he said.
Training for advancement has been hindered by the short staff and scheduling problems, the outsourcing of call dispatching last year, remodeling within the station and the adjustment to automated records management, Kinsey said.
“I have a lot of officers interested” in the fifth sergeant position, he said.
The board put the Price vote on its next agenda; Mayor Brett Blomberg spoke in favor of his hiring.
“This is something the chief and the village manager and I have sat down and kicked around a few times,” Blomberg said.
Former deputy chief Greg Duffy retired on May 23. The Village Board hired Kinsey in May 2011.Tags: Government, Lincolnshire, police