Cary police chief Casstevens taking position in Buffalo Grove

CARY – Village Board members are working on a plan to replace Police Chief Steven Casstevens, who is leaving for a new job.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said the board is working on both short-term and long-term plans.

“More discussion needs to take place on what is in the best interest in the village of Cary,” Clark said.

The village’s Police Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, with a closed session to discuss personnel issues.

Clark would not be more specific on the topics.

Casstevens’ last day in Cary is scheduled for June 7. He will start his new job in Buffalo Grove as police chief on June 10, where he will replace the retired Steve Balinski.

“[Casstevens] determined this was in the best interest of his career, and the village supported that,” Clark said. “He made a significant difference in the village of Cary, and we wish him well in his new role in Buffalo Grove.”

Casstevens joined the Cary Police Department and its 28 sworn officers in January 2011. His current salary is $117,957 in the town of about 18,500 people.

In Buffalo Grove, Casstevens will oversee 70 sworn officers in a town of about 41,500 people. His salary is slated to be $135,000.

“He was an excellent candidate, has good experience as a chief, a good aptitude for the job and high ethical standards,” Buffalo Grove Village Manager Dane Bragg said. “We’re really pleased with his leadership skills.”

Casstevens said he always has respected Buffalo Grove’s previous chiefs and its police department.

“Buffalo Grove is always well respected, a well thought of police department in the law enforcement community in Illinois,” Casstevens said.

Casstevens said the Cary Police Department worked well as a team and made changes during his tenure.

Casstevens updated the department’s standard operating procedures, such as pursuit policy and rapid deployment procedures, which will be part of the department long after he has moved on, Clark said.

Clark credited Casstevens with helping set up the village’s administrative adjudication program, where the village can hear violations of its own ordinances without needing to send people to McHenry County Circuit Court in Woodstock.

The village held its first administrative adjudication hearing May 3 and is scheduled to have its second hearing June 7.

Casstevens also invested in training for officers and the command staff, and organized the first promotional testing in the department in 10 years, which resulted in an officer being promoted to seargent, Clark said. Equipment also was upgraded such as laptop and video systems in squad cars.

He also worked on a three-year police officers’ union contract, which expires in April 2015, Clark said.

“Chief Casstevens did good work in Cary,” Clark said.

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