LISLE – The Village of Lisle Police Department is currently updating its police officer eligibility list and with it plans to hire an additional officer or officers this year.
Through March 5, the village will accept applications for the police officer position to build its next eligibility list, a list of potential officers ranked by qualifications and test scores that is renewed on a biennial basis. The current list will expire May 1, and the new list will go into effect May 2.
“Every police department in the area does this the same way,” said Dave Anderson, Lisle Chief of Police. “All departments follow the same civil service laws for the hiring process.”
Anderson said the village plans to hire off the eligibility list but has yet to determine the number of officers.
“We had some retirements so we are doing staffing analysis, and it takes time until we can have the budget done,” Anderson said.
Anderson said as long as applicants meet the necessary requirements, there is no limit to the number of candidates that can be accepted onto the eligibility list.
Once the list is finalized, candidates are then chosen to potentially fill the police officer position based on their rank.
“We generally go right down the list,” Anderson said.
Applicants who meet the requirements will then be required to attend a mandatory orientation with a written test March 29, according to the release.
In addition to the mandatory requirements, Anderson said he prefers applicants to have as much experience with law enforcement as possible but welcomes anyone to apply that meets the requirements and is interested in law enforcement.
“We have a very progressive and professional police department and would like the best candidates to apply,” Anderson said.
Since Anderson took his position with the Lisle Police Department in December, he said the department has undergone a “complete reorganization of senior command staff.”
Promotions were held Jan. 20 and created two deputy chiefs instead of one, Anderson said.
Rob Munson is the new deputy chief of operations, Ron Wilke is the deputy chief of administration and Randy Johnson is the commander of investigations.
Anderson said the changes were implemented to create organizational efficiencies and improved communication throughout the police department.
“It’s been a very busy month and a half,” Anderson said. “So far, I’ve felt a lot of support from the community and support from officers and delegated officials. It’s been a good experience so far.”