Oak Park Police Department Chief Anthony Ambrose announced his retirement. The 34-year veteran will depart at the end of the month.
Ambrose’s decision to retire was based on the desire to focus on his health following a successful liver transplant.
Reflecting on time on the force Ambrose stated, “Being Chief of the Oak Park Police Department was the achievement of a goal I set when I first put on the uniform more than 34 years ago. Choosing to retire was a tough decision. But I know in my heart and head it is time for me to pass the chief’s stars on to a new generation of leadership.”
Village Manager Cara Pavlicek describes Ambrose as a compassionate leader essential to the department’s success at a neighborhood level. Ambrose called Oak Park a “one in a million” community and held mental health awareness very close to his heart.
Ambrose is Oak Park’s 12th Police Chief. Deputy Chief LaDon Reynolds will continue to serve in the acting chief role he assumed in April.