Chief John Bucci from the Algonquin Police Department
Chief John Bucci from the Algonquin Police Department

Chief John Bucci Announces Departure from Algonquin Police Department

Village of Algonquin Media Release 12/20/2022 7:00AM

The Village of Algonquin is announcing the departure of Chief John Bucci from the Algonquin Police Department. Chief Bucci has been appointed as Undersheriff of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, effective January 3, 2023.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police in Algonquin for the past eight years and am proud of the work we have accomplished together as a team," said Chief Bucci. "I am excited for this new opportunity to continue serving the community in a different capacity and am confident that the Algonquin Police Department will continue to thrive under new leadership."

Chief Bucci began his career in law enforcement in 1998 and joined the Algonquin Police Department in March of 2000. Throughout his tenure, he served as a patrol officer, DARE officer, detective, and defensive tactics instructor, and held various leadership positions within the department, including Chief of Police since 2014.

Chief Bucci has made a significant impact on the Algonquin Police Department during his eight years as Chief.  He led the department through two reaccreditation processes through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. He also guided the department through the pandemic, organizing schedules and providing protective equipment and supplies to minimize officer exposure. In addition to recruiting and promoting officers within the department, Chief Bucci was also a mentor and instructor, often seen teaching classes on defensive tactics and personally reviewing safety with new officers.

As a member of several professional organizations, including the McHenry County Chiefs of Police, Kane County Chiefs of Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Bucci provided valuable support and information to the department. In addition to his professional contributions, Chief Bucci also developed strong relationships between the department, schools, and the community, encouraging participation and cooperation in events such as the Eastview Elementary 9-11 Ceremony, National Night Out, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He also expanded outreach by offering classes to the community on identity theft and fraud, and participated in the McHenry County Social Worker Program.

"We are grateful for Chief Bucci's dedicated service to the Village of Algonquin and the positive impact he has had on our community," said Village President Debby Sosine. "We wish him all the best in his new role as Undersheriff and look forward to working with him in this capacity."

Pursuant to the Algonquin Municipal Code, the Chief of Police is appointed by the Village Manager. An internal recruitment process is underway and an announcement for the new Chief of Police is expected in the upcoming days.

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