Shane Casey is Channahon’s new police chief, sworn in to office from his position as deputy police chief Monday. He replaces Jeff Wold, who retired Dec. 1.
Casey thanked the mayor and village board for their trust and the police department staff for their hard work days and nights, weekends and holidays. They are his “families and brothers in blue and red,” he said. He also thanked his family and friends.
Casey’s wife, Kim, and daughters, Kennedy and Madison, helped pin his new badges on his uniform after he took his oath of office.
The positions Casey has held in the department have included patrol officer, officer-in-charge, patrol sergeant, master firearms instructor, immediate action/rapid deployment instructor, less-than-lethal munitions/taser instructor, field training officer and deputy chief.
He and Adam Bogart were appointed to the two new positions of deputy chief four years ago, when the position of lieutenant was eliminated.
Growing up in Willowbrook, Casey attended Illinois State University with a business goal. He began considering a career in law enforcement while there and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in organizational management and human resources management. He minored in business administration.
He did security work while applying to police departments and began his position in the Channahon Police Department in 1995.
“It’s a great, great group of people to work with,” he said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie among the personnel.”
The village will soon begin the process of hiring a new deputy chief to replace Casey and to work with the department’s other deputy chief, Adam Bogart.