Northbrook Names New Police Chief

Northbrook Names New Police Chief

Village Manager Rich Nahrstadt has announced the hiring of Christopher Kennedy as the Village’s new Chief of Police. According to a Village press release, Kennedy has 29 years of experience in law enforcement with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and is currently serving as Deputy Chief/Executive Officer overseeing Counter Terrorism and Special Operations. Kennedy began his CPD career as a police officer and proceeded through the ranks to positions including over 12 years of command-level leadership and strategic planning. He has been recognized with over 90 awards and commendations for search and rescue, lifesaving, skill, and fitness.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead one of the most revered departments in the State of Illinois. Known for their high level of service, professionalism, and community trust, the Northbrook Police Department is poised to address current law enforcement challenges and is the perfect place for me to begin the next chapter of my law enforcement career,” said Kennedy in the press release. “I am excited for the opportunity to mentor officers and strengthen community relationships. I look forward to supporting the talented men and women under my command to best serve the needs of Northbrook.”

Kennedy will begin his role as Northbrook’s Chief of Police in early April, following the retirement of current Chief of Police Roger Adkins. He is expected to undertake an evaluation of the department’s organization and staffing needs to comport with his professional judgment and experience. Some other hiring decisions are also pending the arrival of the new Chief.

At the most recent Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting, Chief Adkins responded to a question regarding a vacant sergeant’s position in the department.  “The sergeant’s position has not been eliminated,” explained Adkins. “It is in the budget and is available to be filled. We hired a patrol officer in anticipation of this promotion when it occurs.” Adkins stated that the sergeant position was held open to allow the new chief to evaluate the Department’s staffing needs and organizational structures.

“Based on our current needs and demands for service, we are completely staffed,” continued Chief Adkins. “The new Chief will come in and evaluate the Police Department and look at the service we provide, the resources we have available, the staffing needs, the organizational structure, and then he’ll develop a strategic plan, basically his vision for the future.”