Oak Park police look to bring on second deputy chief

The Oak Park Police Department has put the feelers out for a second deputy chief, a position that has been re-budgeted into the village’s hiring plan in recent years.

On July 7, the department posted an opening for the position, which would include “management and administrative work” as well as duties related to “planning and coordination of Police Department operations including field operations, criminal investigations, management services and records management.”

Oak Park’s current deputy chief of police, Tony Ambrose, has been with the force since 1984. Ambrose, who formerly served as president of the Oak Park Police Pension Fund, will remain in his role, though it may undergo some changes.

Village manager Cara Pavlicek said that, upon finalizing the hire, the village would switch to a “two deputy chief structure,” which would see the pair splitting duties between “internal and external services.”

The applicant selected for the position be responsible for coordinating with other departments and agencies within and outside of the village, the posting stated.

The department originally put out a call for a second deputy chief of police in November 2012, after the $94,903 a year position was re-budgeted into the village’s 2013 spending plan.

The number of deputy chiefs in the Oak Park has varied over the years, depending on the ebb and flow of village revenues and retirement schedules within the force; at times there have been as many as three individuals serving in the role at once.

Pavlicek said that the village had waited to repost the position — which now comes with an annual wage of between $102,814 and $133,658 — because Police Chief Rick Tanksley had wanted to fill some vacancies at the command level before hiring a second deputy chief.

Candidate requisites for the position include a minimum of five years of experience in law enforcement, a graduate degree and advanced command level training from the FBI National Academy or a comparable institution.

“We’ll take a look and try to find a person who mostly closely meets these requirements,” said Pavlicek, who will oversee the hire.

The department will begin reviewing applications for the position on July 31.

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