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Joseph Colditz Appointed to Chief of Police

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On August 29, 2019

At their August meeting, the Board of Trustees appointed Joseph Colditz as Chief of Police.  “We were pleased to have one of our own come through the ranks to continue the exemplary tradition of public service for our residents,” said President McLaughlin.  “Joe agreed to take on the Interim Police Chief duties while performing his Deputy Chief duties as the Village interviewed candidates. This dedication to our Village and its residents is another example of the fine officers in our CALEA Accredited Police Department.”

Chief Colditz began his law enforcement career at the Cary Police Department, where he worked for nine years, before joining the Barrington Hills Police Department in 1998.  During his career with our Village, he has held the ranks of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and deputy chief.  In June, Joe was appointed to serve as interim chief, following the retirement of Chief Richard Semelsberger.  Chief Colditz is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice, and has received the Chief’s Award for Meritorious Service, a Meritorious Conduct Award, several Department Commendations and is a recipient of the Cook County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Award of Merit.

When asked about future plans for the Department, Chief Colditz stated: “My main priority is to ensure that the Department continues its longstanding commitment to providing quality services that enhance safety and security in a manner consistent with resident expectations and the uniqueness of the community.”

When off-duty, Joe, and his wife Susan, enjoy many outdoor activities, including skiing, cycling, camping, and hiking.


Congratulations on your promotion and thank you for your dedication and service to our Village and its residents!

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