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Everhart out as Hinckley police chief; former chief returns as interim

Kimberly Everhart
Kimberly Everhart

HINCKLEY – The first female police chief for the village of Hinckley is out, and a familiar face is back in an interim capacity.

Former Police Chief Kim Everhart is no longer chief as of Monday, said Trustee Chuck Riforgiate, who is also the chairman for the Public Safety Committee.

In her place – also as of Monday – is Gregg Waitkus, who served as Hinckley chief from 2012 to 2015, as interim police chief.

“At this point, it is my understanding [the transition] was a selection process by the village president [Nancy Nelson],” Riforgiate said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

Riforgiate said the village could not comment on the details of the process, and that Nelson operates as a police commissioner for the department. Nelson did not return request for comment from the Chronicle.

Everhart was appointed chief in 2015, and was only the second woman to serve in the capacity of chief in DeKalb County, after Berna Popenhagen, who retired as Kingston’s chief of police in 2009.

“[Waitkus] will be assisting the village of Hinckley in searching for a replacement chief, and will be in that position until a new candidate can be located, interviewed, and processed,” Riforgiate said.

Riforgiate said the search for a new chief has already begun, and is a top priority for Waitkus.

“Our police department is one of our primary sources of government service here, and we want to make assurances to the citizens here that it is our priority to maintain a top level police department,” Riforgiate said.

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