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  • Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, left, credits Lombard Deputy Chief Pat Rollins with getting him to the Ryder Cup on time last fall. Rollins is going to be Sughar Grove's new police chief.

      Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, left, credits Lombard Deputy Chief Pat Rollins with getting him to the Ryder Cup on time last fall. Rollins is going to be Sughar Grove's new police chief.
    courtesy of Pat Rollins

 
 

The Lombard cop who got Rory McElroy to the Ryder Cup on time has been named Sugar Grove's new police chief.

Patrick Rollins, now deputy chief in Lombard, will start July 8. He replaces interim Chief Ron Moser, who has served since the retirement last year of Brad Sauer.

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The village board authorized President Sean Michels to sign an employment contract with Rollins on June 4, as part of a group of administrative contracts. The resolution did not name Rollins.

Rollins, deputy chief with Lombard for 12 years, attended the FBI's National Academy for police officials in 2012. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety Executive Management program.

Rollins gained some fame last year during the Ryder Cup golf tournament at Medinah Country Club. He was part of the unified command staff for the event, and had just returned to a Lombard hotel from escorting a motorcade for former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. Hotel guest Irish golfer Rory McIlroy discovered he had misjudged his tee time by an hour, and was at risk of having to forfeit his first hole or be disqualified.

Rollins, who had planned to return to the course anyway, drove McElroy to the club in an unmarked squad car, including radioing ahead for special clearance from course security and using his siren at times.

Rollins will be paid $100,500 a year. He has to live within 20 miles of Sugar Grove. He will oversee 12 full-time police officers, five part-time officers, and one civilian employee.

Trustee Rick Montalto was a Lombard police officer, retiring as a sergeant in 2009.

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