LaDon Reynolds will drop the “interim” part of his title after being named the permanent choice for Oak Park’s Chief of Police. The village’s 13th head of law enforcement will be sworn in on Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 123 W. Madison St.
Reynolds served as the acting Chief of Police since April 2018, when Anthony Ambrose announced that he was taking an extended leave of absence.
Ambrose since announced his official retirement in August 2018, when the village requested the community’s input to find a new leader for the Oak Park Police Department.
“In making this important hiring decision, I was delighted to have a veteran Oak Park officer perform so well among a strong field of candidates,” said Village Manager Cara Pavlicek. “The experience, professionalism and leadership skills Chief Reynolds displayed throughout the rigorous selection process made it clear that he was the right candidate for the job.”
Reynolds joined the department in 1994 where he began as a patrol officer before making his way up to detective, sergeant, and now, chief of police.
“Even before I first put on the uniform of an Oak Park Police Officer more than two decades ago, I knew I wanted to serve,” said Reynolds. “But in those early days, I saw myself on the streets as a patrol officer who eventually might become a detective and a sergeant. It would have been impossible to imagine this day back then. That’s why becoming chief of the department where I learned my trade is both humbling and exhilarating.”