Michael Acosta fills position vacant since 2008
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”Maple Park officials met the goal they set two months ago to hire a police chief by early December, filling the position that has been vacant since June 2008.
On Tuesday, after a closed Village Board discussion, the board voted to hire Kane County Sheriff’s Department veteran Michael F. Acosta. He will be sworn into office during the Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
During the interview process, Acosta indicated that he would like to start programs in village that would foster a positive environment between the Police Department and the community, Village President Kathy Curtis said.
Curtis stated in a press release Wednesday the reason the board chose Acosta to lead the village Police Department:
â€œThe ability to work well and positively interact with our residents was an important criteria in our hiring decision. We are excited to have Mike join the village and look forward to working with him as the new leader of the Police Department,â€ she said.
Acosta retired from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department in 2007. During his 31 years with the Sheriff’s Department, he served in various positions, such as Commander of Administration, Commander of Kane County Major Crimes Task Force (a multi-agency task force that responds to violent crime scenes in Kane County) and Commander of K-CART (a multi-agency task force that responds to accidents that involve serious injury or death).
Acosta serves on the Sugar Grove Police Commission and is a member of several law enforcement-related organizations.
The Maple Park Police Department has operated without an officer in charge since Officer Chuck Slater’s resignation in September. Slater had been officer in charge since June 2008, when village officials decided against renewing former Chief Steve Yahnke’s contract.
The full-time police chief position will pay an annual salary of $48,800, plus a $600 medical stipend per month.
Acosta will oversee a department of five part-time police officers, and possibly more in the future if the village carries out its plan to hire additional officers.
New chiefâ€™s ideas
During his interview with Maple Park officials, new Police Chief Michael Acosta said in the position he will make himself accessible to the community and would like to implement the following programs:
â€¢ Monthly Saturday morning
â€œCoffee with the Chief and Officersâ€
â€¢ Kid Safety Programs such as Bike Safety,
Stranger Danger, Playground Safety
â€¢ The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program
(teaches children in pre-K through
third grade important steps to take
if they find a gun)
â€¢ Cops and Kids Movie Night
â€¢ Read a Story With a Cop at the
Maple Park Library
â€¢ Neighborhood Watch