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New Oswego Police Chief Named

Jul 15, 2014 09:15PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Oswego Police Capt. Jeff Burgner will be the village's next chief of police.

Capt. Jeff Burgner has been selected as Oswego’s next police chief.

Village trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve Burgner as the successor to longtime chief Dwight Baird. Baird will take over as Kendall County Sheriff in January.

Burgner, who is a graduate of Naperville North High School, has worked on the Oswego Police force since 1996. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and captain in 2010.

In addition to his captain duties, Burgner has most recently been the department's media spokesman. He said he will spend the next few months transitioning into his new role. 

“I feel very fortunate to have that time,” he said.

As chief, Burgner will oversee a department of 49 sworn officers and 79 total employees.

One other Oswego captain and one sergeant also applied for the job. Village President Brian LeClercq said choosing a new chief was not easy.

“It pleases me that he board had a difficult decision to make,” said Baird, who also Tuesday night submitted his own resignation letter effective Dec. 7.

“As I will be starting a new chapter in my life, I have thoroughly enjoyed my service to the Village and cherish the opportunities that the Village has provided me,” Baird said in his letter. “I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of so many accomplishments that the men and women of the Oswego Police Department have achieved.”

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