After decades of police work, Crystal Lake Chief David Linder says it's time to devote more attention to his family..
"Thirty-two years is a long time," said Linder, 56. "I want to go on to new adventures while I'm still young enough to do it."
His last day on the job will be Dec. 29. Taking over as chief will be James Black, currently deputy chief in Downers Grove.
"The job of a police officer takes you away from home a lot," Linder said. "You are busy, it's a busy career and I've been gone [from family] for 32 years. I want to spend time with my wife, new grandson, and my 2 year-old-grandson, and I have another grandchild on the way."
Declining to provide details, he said he is considering some options for work in the private sector.
"I will be doing something," said Linder, who has lived in Crystal Lake for 27 years.
He reflected on the growth of the city and his steps up through the ranks. He said he has spent the bulk of his career in investigations which he "really enjoyed."
"I've had the opportunity to work on fairly significant cases over the years," Linder said. "My hope is that my input, however small, was always positive, and it had a positive influence on peoples' lives."
Linder will miss his work as police chief, but is happy he will continue to call the community home.
"I just thank everybody," Linder said praising the residents, police department staff and the city staff and government officials. He described the city's decision-makers as "thoughtful," "dedicated" and "devoted."
"The citizens of this community have been a great support to the police department and me," Linder said.
Black, 46, will take office on Jan. 7.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to serve with the men and women of Crystal Lake," said Black who lives in Kane County and was selected for the top spot out of 77 applicants from around the country."The Crystal Lake Police Department has a very good reputation and the city itself has a very good organization."
Black has served the Downers Grove police department in various positions for 25 years. He has been deputy chief for the last six years.
"Downers Grove has 74 sworn officers and Crystal Lake has 66 sworn officers," Black said. "They are very similar communities. That is one of the things that intrigued me about the city."
Black, a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in criminal/social justice from Lewis University.
As deputy chief in Downers Grove, Black collaborated with other local law enforcement agencies in DuPage County, having recently served as the coordinator of the multi-jurisdictional Felony Investigations Assistance Team (F.I.A.T), comprised of a major crimes unit, S.W.A.T. team, a computer forensics unit, a canine unit, and an accident reconstruction unit, according to a city spokesman.
Crystal Lake City Manager Gary Mayerhofer said Black was chosen for his "extensive experience as well as his energy and enthusiasm for the position" after conducting a nationwide search.
"Chief Linder has been a dedicated professional and will be missed," he said. "I believe that the police department is in a much better organizational position since he became chief. I am confident that Chief Black will continue to make certain that the police department provides the highest level of professional service to the community, ensuring that Crystal Lake continues to be a great place to live."