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Woodridge police chief to retire after 25 years with department

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 3:58 p.m. CDT
Woodridge Police Chief Ken Boehm poses for a photo shortly after being named chief in February of 2012.. Staff photo by Erica Benson | snapshots.mysuburbanlife.com/1416437

WOODRIDGE – After a year-and-a-half in the position, Woodridge Police Chief Ken Boehm will hang up his cap later this summer.

Boehm announced his retirement Friday after 25 years with the department. He was named chief in February 2012, replacing Steve Herron.

His retirement will be effective Aug. 31.

“Woodridge Police Department has basically been my entire career,” Boehm said. “The friendships and partnerships I’ve established will be forever cherished as I go on to other opportunities.”

Boehm, without going into detail, said he is planning a move out of state.

“It’s a whole new chapter in my life,” he said. “I’m going to miss being in law enforcement, but I’m looking forward to living a different quality of life.”

Boehm began his career as a patrol officer on the Woodridge Police Department in February 1988. He rose through the ranks to sergeant in June 1999 and was promoted to deputy chief in June 2005.

Finding the next chief will be up to the village administrator and could take about four months, Boehm said. He said he’s not sure if the department will choose an internal candidate or conduct a national search.

“It’s always good to have options,” Boehm said. “There are a lot of qualified people out there that can fill the position.”

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