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Oswego OKs new police chief employment pact : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Oswego OKs new police chief employment pact
Burgner to begin tenure as village's top law enforcement official Nov. 27

by John Etheredge


This past month the Oswego Village Board approved Village President Brian LeClercq's appointment of Village Police Captain Jeff Burgner as police chief effective in November.

As part of their consent agenda during a meeting last week, the board approved an employment agreement with Burgner.

The agreement is effective Nov. 27, the day Burgner officially assumes the police chief's responsibilities from Dwight Baird.

Baird is currently running un-opposed for the position of Kendall County Sheriff in the Nov. 4 election.

Burgner's agreement will end April 30. Whoever is elected village president in the April 7 election will then have the ability to appoint the next police chief, subject to a vote of approval by the village board.

LeClercq announced last month he would not be a candidate for a third term as village president. As of this week two current board members, Gail Johnson and Tony Giles, have announced plans to run for village president next year. Both Johnson and Giles supported and voted for Burgner's appointment last month.

Burgner will receive an annual salary of $123,000, according to the agreement.

In addition, the agreement calls for the village to contribute to Burgner's employee 457 Fund "an amount that will match the amount contributed by the employee, not to exceed $5,000."

Burgner will also be eligible to accrue four weeks of vacation, receive village provided health and life insurance benefits, and have the "exclusive and unrestricted use of an automobile equipped with emergency lights and radios." The agreement also states "the village shall be responsible for paying for liability, property damage and comprehensive insurance, and for the fuel and maintenance of the automobile. The vehicle may be used for unofficial activities when use of the vehicle will expedite the response of the employee to a callout for official business."

Burgner was one of three applicants from within the department to apply for the chief's position. LeClercq, a village board committee, and a consulting firm with expertise in law enforcement interviewed and tested the three applicants over a period of several weeks.

Immediately following his appointment, Burgner said he was honored to receive the appointment and his initial goal will be to work on a "seamless transition" with Baird and Capts. Sikora and Jim Jensen who comprise the department's command staff.

A native of Naperville and graduate of Naperville North High School, Burgner earned a bachelor's degree in administration of justice in 1995 at Southern Illinois University. He was hired as a village police officer in June of 1996 rose steadily through the ranks.

He was named a detective in December 1999. As a detective, his duties included the investigation of a wide-range of crimes, from financial to property to computer crimes.

Burgner was promoted to the rank of patrol sergeant in 2004. As a patrol sergeant he supervised a team of six patrol officers. His duties included reviewing reports, handling citizen complaints, and the evaluation and training of officers on day-to-day police activities.

In January 2008, Burgner was promoted to the rank of detective sergeant and was responsible for supervising a staff of nine sworn officers and one full-time civilian staff member. From December 2010 to this past January, Burgner served as investigations captain and supervised the police departments investigations division that included a staff of 11.

In January, Burgner was promoted to field operations captain and responsible for overall operation of the patrol functions within the department. As field operations captain he has had supervisory authority over seven sergeants and 25 patrol officers.

In addition to his bachelor's degree, Burgner is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and a 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois's Police Training institute.

Burgner has been a nominee for the Kendall County Officer of the Year Award, a member of the Oswego Police Departments Pipe & Drum Band and member of the Kendall County Association of Chiefs of Police.

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