New Aledo police chief sworn in
Aledo City Council chambers were filled to overflowing Oct. 2 as new Police Chief Christopher Sullivan was sworn in. The ceremony last about 10 minutes.
Before Sullivan took the oath, Mayor Chris Hagloch read the press release the city issued when Sullivan was hired. The mayor noted 24 applications were received. That number was whittled down and eventually four finalists were interviewed in Aledo and given a tour of the city.
"We're very proud of the process and think it worked very well for us," Hagloch said.
Sullivan brings extensive experience to the position. He has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, much of it in Alton. The new Aledo police chief held that position in Alton, a Mississippi River community near St. Louis, from May of 2002 until retiring in January of 2010.
Sullivan, who was raised in Kewanee, was police chief in Grafton, Ill., when he was selected for the Aledo post.
"I appreciate the opportunity I've been given," he said in brief remarks after the swearing-in ceremony.
Asked afterward what his first priorities will be, he talked about basics.
"The first priority is going to be to find my way through the process. A key to the front door would be a good start," he said with a laugh.
The new chief, who replaces J. Michael Sponsler who retired, said he plans to meet soon with all the local police officers and officials who work with the police department. A number of officers attended the Oct. 2 ceremony.
Hagloch talked to a reporter about the good job done by Sponsler and how he believes Sullivan will continue that work.
"I think he brings a lot of larger city policing (experience) to our city," he said of Sullivan, "and he's been in smaller towns."
The mayor said he feels the benefit to Aledo will be a police chief "just as good as quality as we had."
Sullivan's first official day on the job was Monday, Oct. 5.