SYCAMORE – Glenn Theriault took the exam to apply to be a police officer at his brothers’ insistence, expecting to be rejected and go to law school instead.
Lo and behold, he was offered a position at the Elgin Police Department about 20 years ago and joined two brothers in the profession. He worked his way up to the rank of operations commander, and will be retiring from that department to replace retiring Sycamore Police Chief Don Thomas in January.
“What better community could you want to raise your family in?” said Theriault, who lived in Sycamore for 5 years several years ago. “It’s what I explain to people as a Mid-American small town. It’s really a great community to return to.”
According to Sycamore city code, the police chief is appointed by the city manager with approval from the City Council, so aldermen will consider a three-year contract for Theriault in which his annual salary will be $107,600, which is similar to Thomas’ annual salary of $109,505, Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said. They’ll consider the contract Dec. 1, and Theriault is scheduled to start Jan. 5.
Theriault was one of about 40 candidates, who were
narrowed to four finalists and then interviewed by panels made up of aldermen, city staff, local law enforcement, Sycamore fire and police commissioners and the Fraternal Order of Police.
“Glenn is a very knowledgeable person, and approachable,” Mayor Ken Mundy said. “He comes across as a likable individual, both with our department and the other departments he’ll be working with here: DeKalb, the sheriff, and NIU.”
Thomas announced he would retire Jan. 2 in July, and recently accomplished a goal he set for the final months of his administration: Sycamore police are the 17th agency in the state and the first in DeKalb County to be accredited through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
Complimenting his predecessor for running the department well, Theriault said he plans to spend his first month on the job learning everyone’s names and learning the inside ropes to avoid making changes too quickly.
“Going through the interview process,” Theriault said, “you’re really an outsider looking in.”