Barrington Hills stays in house for new police chief

  • Joseph Colditz is Barrington Hills' new police chief. He was elevated from deputy chief to replace Richard Semelsberger, who retired in June.

    Joseph Colditz is Barrington Hills' new police chief. He was elevated from deputy chief to replace Richard Semelsberger, who retired in June. Courtesy of village of Barrington Hills

 
 
Updated 9/5/2019 10:34 AM

Barrington Hills acting Police Chief Joseph Colditz has been elevated to the top spot on a permanent basis.

He replaces Richard Semelsberger, who retired in June after four years as the top cop. Colditz, who will receive $135,000 in the first year of his new job, previously served as deputy chief.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Village President Martin McLaughlin said the village received 45 applications for the post. That number was narrowed to eight, with three finalists then interviewed by the village board's personnel committee.

McLaughlin said his decision to appoint Colditz, which was ratified by the village board last week, was based in part on his good relationship with police officers and strong budgeting skills.

"Joe was recommended by the outgoing chief, and he's done a nice job as deputy chief," McLaughlin said Wednesday.

Colditz began his law enforcement career in Cary then joined Barrington Hills in 1998. He's been recognized several times for his Barrington Hills police work.

"My main priority is to ensure that the department continues its long-standing commitment to providing quality services that enhance safety and security in a manner consistent with resident expectations and the uniqueness of the community," Colditz said in a statement.

Barrington Hills village board members continued a trend of staying in house for a new top cop. Semelsberger was deputy chief in 2015 when he was named to the top post after Michael Murphy retired. Murphy had been promoted after the death of Frederick Clauser in 2005.

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