At the January 11, 2010 meeting of the Willowbrook Village Board, the Village President and Trustees approved a retirement agreement with Chief of Police, Ed Konstanty. After 30 years of service to the Village, Konstanty’s retirement will be effective March 1, 2010. In the interim period, the Board has appointed Deputy Chief Mark Shelton to serve as Acting Police Chief.
Konstanty joined the Village of Willowbrook in 1980 and rose quickly through the ranks—becoming Chief in 2000. As Chief, Konstanty initiated the field officer training program and evidence collection process, in addition to securing several major grants to fund new policing programs. Under his leadership, the Department maintained an excellent service reputation, recognized in part by its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and designation as a flagship agency in 2008.
Shelton is also a long-tenured member of the Village, who joined the Department in 1987. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2006 and has served as both the Deputy Chief of Administration and most recently as Deputy Chief of Operations. The Board feels his years of experience, training, and in-depth knowledge will serve him well in leading on this interim basis. All future Police related matters should be directed to Acting Chief Shelton.