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Phillip J. Smith was unanimously appointed as Montgomery’s new Chief of Police at the Village Board Meeting at the April 23rd Board Meeting. He has been serving as Chief of Police in Berkeley, Illinois for the past four years, and will be succeeding Chief Daniel J. Meyers who is retiring April 30th. Chief Smith’s appointment will be effective as of May 1, 2018.
Smith has an impressive 27 years of experience in law enforcement. During his 23-year career with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office he served in diverse roles, including Deputy Sheriff, Narcotics Investigator, Detective, Sergeant and Police Operations Commander. His experience also includes eight years as the Tactical Commander for a multi-jurisdictional Tactical Response Team.
Smith holds a Master of Arts in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University’s Executive Management Program and the School of Police Staff and Command.
In making this appointment, Village President Matt Brolley stated, “Phil Smith has had an extensive law enforcement career that has prepared him well to serve as Chief of Police for the Village of Montgomery. He is a proven professional with the education, experience and leadership skills necessary to lead our Police Department. We look forward to working with him as we continue to move Montgomery forward.”