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St. Charles names pick for new police chief

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:37 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – City Administrator Mark Koenen is expected to recommend the appointment of a new police chief at Monday's City Council meeting.

James T. Keegan was selected from a pool of 75 applicants that eventually was narrowed to two, Koenen said.

"We had strong candidates," he said.

The last round of interviews included the city's elected officials, Koenen said, so he expects Keegan's appointment to be unanimous.

Pending City Council approval, Keegan's first day will be June 30, and he will be officially sworn in as chief July 7.

Keegan said in a news release that he is honored and humbled to be chosen as the city's next police chief.

"I am anxious to get started in working alongside the fine men and women of the St. Charles Police Department in providing our citizens, businesses and visitors with the best possible community-oriented public services we have to offer," Keegan said.

Keegan has worked for the Streamwood Police Department for the last 21 years and has served as police chief since 2011.

According to the release, his accomplishments include participating in the planning and construction of a 56,000-square-foot, $12 million police facility; leading the revision of Streamwood's comprehensive emergency operations plan; implementing bar-coded evidence processing and upgrading in-car computer systems for the entire police fleet.

His education includes a bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University and a master's from National Louis University, the release states.

He also is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the International association of Chiefs of Police and, the release states, Kiwanis Club International.

Keegan's appointment will fill a vacancy created when former Chief Jim Lamkin ended his 10-year career with St. Charles in December to lead the Schaumburg Police Department.

Deputy Chief Steve Huffman served as interim chief during the six-month search for a new leader.

Koenen acknowledged Huffman's and the entire police force's efforts during the transition. He said Huffman will remain at the department as deputy chief.

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