Village Manager David Fieldman announced today that Police Chief Shanon Gillette will be resigning after more than 26 years of law enforcement service with the Village. His last day with Downers Grove will be December 1, 2019. Gillette has accepted a position as Chief of Police for Florence, Arizona.
"It's been a great privilege to serve alongside an incredible team and the department is in very good hands. My family has always wanted to move to the southwest and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in Florence and applying my skills in a new community," Chief Gillette said.
"Shanon's strong management skills and practical experience as a police officer helped lead the department to achieve new milestones, including re-accreditation with excellence through CALEA," Village Manager Fieldman said.
Throughout his career, Chief Gillette has held a variety of positions, assuming increased responsibilities and progressive management experience with every facet of the police department. He has served as a Community-Oriented Policing Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Lieutenant of Operations, Lieutenant of Investigations, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, and Deputy Chief of Administration.
In 2016, Chief Gillette graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA, where he received advanced leadership training for law enforcement executives. As a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, he was honored with the Center for Public Safety's Franklin M. Kreml Leadership award.
A permanent or interim Chief of Police will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Village extends best wishes to Chief Gillette and his family as they open this new chapter in their lives.