CAROL STREAM – A replacement has not yet been found for Carol Stream Police Chief Kevin Orr, who officially retired Tuesday.
Carol Stream Village Manager Joe Breinig said he gave his final farewell to Orr before the retired chief went on family medical leave a couple weeks ago. The village will soon appoint an interim chief, he said.
Orr had fantastic leadership skills and a passion for police work, Breinig said. He became chief around the time of the economic recession, forcing him to lead the police department during one of its most challenging financial tasks.
"Kevin was a leader in finding ways to reduce expenditures,” said Breinig, who first appointed Orr as chief in 2008. “We didn’t lay anybody off.”
Under Orr’s leadership, the village and police department began to recognize and address core services in the community, he said, adding the department and community were recognized through traffic and safety awards, crime statistics and more.
“That speaks a lot about him: to be able to live within your means and lead an organization that performed at a high level,” said Breinig, who’s worked as village manager for 12 years. “He never disappointed. I would’ve loved to have him stick around longer.”
However, Orr met state requirements for retirement, which are 20 years of service and being at least 50 years old, he said.
“It’s unfortunate, but it’s within his right to do, and that’s what he chose to do,” Breinig said.
Orr could not be reached for comment.