Carbondale announces new police chief

Jody A. O'Guinn
Jody A. O'Guinn
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - At a news conference this morning Carbondale City Manager Allen Gill introduced the cities new police chief.
Here is a copy of the news release from the police department:
Carbondale City Manager Allen Gill has announced the appointment of Jody A. O'Guinn as Police Chief for the City of Carbondale. O'Guinn currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Alton, Illinois, a post he has held since 2002. He will assume his duties on or before June 15, 2009.
O'Guinn has 26 years of law enforcement experience, having started his career as a Police Officer in Freeburg, Illinois. He joined the Alton Police Department in 1987, advancing through the ranks of Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief. He has served as Tactical Response Team Commander, Region 8 Weapons of Mass Destruction Special Response Team Commander, Sniper Team Leader, Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Detective, Use of Force Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He participated in the design of a new $11 million Alton Law Enforcement Center, which opened in April of 2002, and was instrumental in setting up the Department's in-house computer network and the Department's web based crime mapping.
O'Guinn holds a Bachelor's Degree from Sterling College and a Master of Public Administration Degree from SIU Edwardsville. He is a graduate of the 223rd session of the FBI National Academy, class of 2005. In addition, he is an Illinois Certified Fire Fighter.
This appointment is the culmination of a five month search which started in December 2008. A total of 53 resumes were received, from local, in-state, and out-of-state applicants. With the assistance of the PAR Group of Chicago, a local government executive search group, 15 candidates were interviewed by telephone, and seven were selected for personal interviews. An interview committee consisted of City Manager Allen Gill, Community Relations Officer Marilyn James, City Attorney Michael Kimmel, Illinois State Police Captain Michael Irwin, and Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Chairman Harvey Welch. Candidates were also provided an opportunity to tour the community with Fire Chief John Michalesko.
Gill said one of the impressive things about O'Guinn is his involvement with the community of Alton. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and a baseball and soccer coach. O'Guinn received the East-West Gateway Council Emissary to Youth Award for founding the Alton Police Shop-With-A-Cop and Holiday Food Basket programs. He helped to secure a federal "Weed and Seed" grant, which was used to address residents' quality of life issues by setting up neighborhood action teams to combat problems caused by criminal recidivism and deteriorating and boarded up houses. O'Guinn was appointed as the "Weed and Seed" liaison to the community and was instrumental in implementing the Nuisance Abatement Task Force, Youth Basketball Clinic, Neighborhood Problem Solving Meetings, Bicycle Patrol Unit and Citizen's Police Academy. His Line-In-The-Sand Task Force focused on removing recidivist criminals and problem properties from troubled neighborhoods.