LISLE – After 22 years with the Lisle Police Department, David Anderson has earned the department’s top rank.
Anderson, 45, was named chief of police last week and formally sworn-in Monday night.
“It’s an incredibly humbling and exciting opportunity,” Anderson said. “You work for a police department for 22 years and to be entrusted by the community to lead the police department is just a culmination of years of work.”
Anderson, who had served as a deputy chief for three years, replaces former Chief Jim Kosatka, who retired Nov. 27 after 34 years with the department.
“We thought the last couple weeks should be about Chief Kosatka closing out his outstanding career with the village,” Mayor Joe Broda in a news release announcing the hire last week. “Now it’s time to make the permanent appointment that everyone no doubt expected.”
Throughout his 22 years at the Lisle Police Department, Anderson, a Woodridge resident, has worked as patrol officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and watch commander.
“This really will be a continuation, but in a different phase, of the same service I have been doing,” Anderson said.
Village Manager Jerry Sprecher said Anderson’s recent tenure as deputy chief proved he deserved the top job.
“His recent tenure as deputy chief has only reaffirmed his abilities,” Sprecher said in a release. “Dave’s leadership has had no small influence in creating the kind of department we have today. I think the department will do great things with him in the lead.”
Anderson said while he doesn’t necessarily need to change anything within the department, he hopes to focus on relationships in the community.
“Building strong partnerships with the stakeholders in the village of Lisle is something that we always have to focus on. The most important job of the department is to provide the best possible service to the community,” he said.