Wolf named Elgin deputy police chief; three others promoted
By Dave Gathman firstname.lastname@example.org May 17, 2013 1:22PM
Elgin Deputy Police Chief Bill Wolf
Updated: June 20, 2013 4:06PM
ELGIN — Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda has decided who will replace Cecil Smith as his new No. 2 person at the department.
As expected, he looked within the department’s existing ranks and picked one of the three people holding the rank of commander — Bill Wolf — to become the new deputy chief, Swoboda announced Friday.
Swoboda also announced that Lt. Dan O’Shea will be promoted to fill Wolf’s slot as a commander; that Sgt. Al Young will be promoted to replace O’Shea as a lieutenant; and that Detective Mark Whaley will be promoted to replace Young as a sergeant.
A ceremony to make all four promotions official will be held at 3 p.m. on June 5 in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin. Anyone from the community is invited, said O’Shea, who was functioning as the department’s official spokesman Friday.
Cecil Smith, the department’s only deputy chief, left Elgin in March to become chief of police in Sanford, Fla.
Replacing him became a lengthy process in which Swoboda interviewed various candidates for the musical-chairs series of vacancies that would result. From the beginning, Swoboda said he expected to promote someone from within to the deputy’s job. Observers assumed that he would choose from among the three people who hold the rank of commander — Wolf, Glenn Theriault and Ana Lally.
Wolf was hired by the EPD in February 1992. He was assigned to the patrol division, the Resident Officer Program of Elgin (ROPE) and the major investigations division as a senior detective. In January 2002 Wolf was promoted to sergeant, and he served in the patrol division, major investigations division and as the department’s accreditation manager.
In January 2006, Wolf was promoted to lieutenant. He then served in the patrol division, the special investigations division and the technical services division.
In March 2012 he was promoted to commander, and has served as head of the investigations bureau as well as his current assignment over the administration bureau.
O’Shea was hired in January 1999. He was assigned to the patrol division and the major investigations division as a senior detective. After being promoted to sergeant in July 2007, he served in the patrol division, the gang crimes unit, and the administration division. In March 2012 he was promoted to lieutenant, and has served in the patrol division and his current assignment in the support services division.
Young was hired in June 1991. He was assigned to the patrol division, the narcotics unit, the school resource officer program and the ROPE program. After being promoted to sergeant, he has served in the patrol division, the Unit for Special Assignments (USA) and in his current assignment in the traffic division.
Whaley was hired in January 2002. He has been assigned to various patrol shifts and the major investigations division, and has served on the tactical response team since 2005. In 2011 he was honored for saving a child from drowning while he was off duty.