New Lenox Police Chief April DiSandro will make her final call on Friday morning as she retires from the New Lenox Police Department.
DiSandro was recognized at the village board meeting on Oct. 26 for her years of service.
DiSandro was sworn in as chief of police on April 24, 2020, taking over for Bob Sterba who retired.
She is a lifelong New Lenox resident and spent 30 years in law enforcement. DiSandro was a deputy chief in the NLPD prior to being promoted to chief.
At the time of her hire, Mayor Tim Baldermann called it a no-brainer to hire her and repeated that at the meeting on Monday.
“She is a lifelong resident and has given to this community in more ways than being a police officer,” Baldermann said, adding that DiSandro is "an excellent role model for those in law enforcement and a role model for human decency.”
Baldermann went on to say that she has made the department better, and the village is now safer, kinder and more compassionate because of what she did.
“April is somebody, who truly, despite being in a difficult profession, has always been compassionate with those she works with and even those she didn’t know,” Baldermann said.
DiSandro spoke briefly to the board and thanked them and her family, who was also on hand, for their support over her long career in New Lenox and the last six months as chief.
“I don’t even have the words after that,” she said. “You have believed in me and supported me and I loved being a police officer and I think I always will be. It was an honor to serve here because I grew up here, and work with all the citizens.”