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Former Kendall sheriff's commander to lead Montgomery police

Village board approves appointment of Phil Smith

The Montgomery Village Board approved Village President Matt Brolley’s appointment of Phil Smith as the village’s police chief in a unanimous ballot Monday, April 23.

Smith is a former Kendall County Sheriff’s Office commander who has served as police chief in west suburban Berkley for the past four years. His appointment is effective May 1.

In a statement, Brolley noted that Smith has “an extensive law enforcement career that has prepared him well to serve as chief of police for the village of Montgomery.”

Brolley added, “He [Smith] is a proven professional with the education, experience and leadership skills necessary to lead our police department. We look forward to working with him as we continue to move Montgomery forward.”

Smith will succeed retiring Police Chief Daniel Meyers.

Smith will earn an annual salary of $115,000, according to information provided by the village.

Smith holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Waubonsee Community College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from Aurora University and a master’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University.

In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, and graduated from executive management, school of police chief and command and supervision of police personnel programs at Northwestern University.

In his profile, Smith described himself as a competent and confident law enforcement professional with 27 years of progressive and diverse experience as a police officer, serving most recently as chief of police in Berkley.

Smith wrote, “I believe in the values of accountability, commitment, courage and candor. I possess strong leadership skills and have a collaborative, team oriented approach to management.”

Smith also served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 2014. He was on active duty from 1982 to 1991 and a reservist from 1991 to 2014.

During his reserve years, Smith participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-06. He was assigned to general staff for the 48th Brigade Combat Team, which was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.

“I served my country proudly for over 32 years,” Smith wrote.

Meyers will conclude a 33-year career in law enforcement for the village at the end of this month. He began his service as a patrol officer in 1985 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1988 and served as detective sergeant from 1999 to 2006. In 2006, Meyers was promoted to the newly created position of deputy chief, which was designed to provide an additional high-level supervisory position within the police department. In 2010, then-Village President Marilyn Michelini appointed Meyers as police chief, succeeding longtime Police Chief Dennis Schmidt.

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