Woodridge swears in new police chief
Following a thorough search, the Village of Woodridge Police Department will officially swear in new Police Chief Brian Cunningham at the Village Board’s Nov. 3 meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 5 Plaza Drive.
Village leaders engaged in a comprehensive recruitment and hiring process involving community feedback from diverse constituencies, before selecting Cunningham for the job. Most recently, Cunningham served the Naperville Police Department over a distinguished 30-year tenure culminating in a position as deputy chief of investigations.
“We are excited to have Brian begin his duties as Woodridge’s next chief of police,” said Mayor Gina Cunningham, who is not related to the new chief. “He has an impressive background in policing and an excellent reputation in the law enforcement community. We look forward to his continuing to grow the programs and relationships the Woodridge Police Department has with our community.”
Mayor Cunningham, who shares not only the new chief’s last name, but also the previous chief’s first name, noted the double coincidence as she congratulated the village’s new official.
“I’m honored by this opportunity,” said the incoming police chief. “I look forward to meeting community members, as well as getting to know the men and women that make up the Woodridge Police Department and the rest of the Village of Woodridge staff.”
Cunningham earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice at Governor’s State University in University Park and attended Northwestern University Staff and Command (School of Police) in Evanston and Colorado State University leadership and policing courses in Fort Collins, Colorado. He will oversee a staff of approximately 65, with 51 being sworn officers.
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