Updated: March 28, 2014 8:56AM
GILBERTS — Louis Rossi, a former north suburban police chief with 30 years’ law enforcement experience, has been chosen to take over the Gilbert Police Department.
Rossi was chosen by Village President Rick Zirk from among 72 candidates who had applied for the job of retiring police Chief Steven Williams.
Zirk will recommend the appointment of Rossi to the chief’s position at Tuesday’s village board meeting, according to a release from the village. Pending approval by the board, Rossi will assume command of the Gilberts Police Department on March 24.
Williams’ retirement is effective Friday. He is 44-year law enforcement veteran, including the past five years as chief in Gilberts. He previously served with police departments in Rolling Meadows, Macomb and Lombard.
Williams said in the release that he was “appreciative of the opportunity to serve the village of Gilberts.”
Rossi’s 30 years in law enforcement have included serving as chief of police for the village of Kildeer and the city of Highwood, and as deputy chief in Morton Grove.
Rossi holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and credentials from the FBA National Academy, Southern Police Administrator Officers Course and Incident Command School.
“Chief Rossi was identified as the top candidate from a very strong pool of candidates,” Zirk said in the release. “Chief Rossi brings a wealth of experience to Gilberts. He will work collaboratively and lead the Gilberts Police Department into the future.”
Williams, who took part in the interview process, said the village’s “due diligence found a good fit for the new chief.”
“I am honored to have been selected as chief of police and want to thank Village President Zirk and the board of trustees,” Rossi said in the release. “I look forward to meeting and partnering with the community to continuously grow and improve on the services we provide to the village of Gilberts.”
Gilberts has population of about 7,200 residents. The chief of police is responsible for managing a department presently consisting of seven full-time and 12 part-time employees, with a 2014 budget of about $1.3 million.