On February 2, 2016, the Maple Park Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Tony Ayala as the new Police Chief. Ayala has worked for the Village of Maple Park for 2 ½ years in the role of officer and Sergeant. Ayala comes from the Northern Illinois University Police Department, and has 20 years of law enforcement experience. Beyond Staff and Command training, Ayala has an Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
“I strongly believe in the value of partnerships and collaboration in order to achieve large scale, community-wide goals,” said Ayala.
Chief Mike Acosta said, “He will be good for the community”.
Ayala replaces Chief Mike Acosta, who was chief since December 2009. Chief Acosta was in law enforcement since 1976, including 31 years at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department. In his tenure at the Kane County Sheriff’s Department, Acosta was Commander of KCART, which is an accident reconstruction group; Commander of the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force; Captain of Investigations; Worked with Internal Affairs; and was Commander of Administration.
Chief Acosta’s retirement date is May 14, 2016. Ayala’s first day on the job will be May 3, 2016.
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