Dan McCollum began his law enforcement career in 1972. He retired from the Village of LaGrange Park, Illinois as Chief of Police in August of 2014. First appointed Chief of Police at the age of 24, he served as a Chief of Police in different organizations for 30 years. His introduction to law enforcement teaching occurred in 1979 at the Police Training institute of the University of Illinois in Champaign. Since then, he has developed and taught courses throughout the United States on firearms, supervision, emergency vehicle operation, firearms instructor, police recruitment, selection and promotion, investigating the use of force and others.
A past-president of both the DuPage County and West Suburban Chiefs of Police, Dan is a frequent guest speaker at various colleges, universities and seminars. He has developed and administered numerous management and supervisory promotional processes for the past 25 years. In 2006, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. In 2004, he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of DuPage Adjunct Faculty Association in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
A graduate of the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy, Dan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from North Central University. In 2013, he became the first person outside of the State of Ohio to complete the 12-month Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program (CLEE) conducted by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.
Since August of 2014, he has served as a full-time Assistant Professor for the Criminal Justice Program at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois.
Raymond E. Cordell currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police in the Village of South Barrington, Illinois. Second in command and responsible for a $2.2 million budget, he is direct supervisor of a sworn force of twenty-five and three civilian employees. He is the author of all general orders and implements policy for the department. He serves as the training manager, community policing project manager, and racial profiling/traffic data collection project manager. He is also a State of Illinois certified firearms instructor. A 25 year veteran of the department, Deputy Chief Cordell has held positions of increased responsibility throughout his career. Formerly, he served at the rank of Sergeant.
Concurrent with his law enforcement employment, Deputy Chief Cordell is an associate in Charles A. Gruber Consulting, a private consulting company concentrated primarily on matters of concern to law enforcement, where he researches topics related to police use of force, and makes curriculum and policy recommendations pertaining to police use of force.
Deputy Chief Cordell has many professional memberships and civic affiliations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association; Illinois Tactical Officers Association; Lexipol Illinois Advisory Board; Northwestern University Center for Public Safety and Roosevelt University alumni associations and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves on the training and membership committees.
Ray is a graduate of Roosevelt University and currently enrolled in a Master of Public Administration program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and their Senior Management Leadership Program.
Chief James Kruger is a thirty-one year veteran of law enforcement. Prior to being named Chief of Police for the Village of Oak Brook in 2011, Chief Kruger served as Chief of Police for the Villages of Roselle and Winfield, Illinois. Jim also served previously for twenty years with the Carpentersville Police Department working his way through the ranks to Commander. Besides Chief Kruger’s law enforcement duties, he is the Director of the Criminal Justice Management program at Judson University in Elgin, IL. Chief Kruger is a member of the International, Illinois, North Suburban and DuPage County Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also on the Executive Boards of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, North Suburban Chiefs of Police and Northeast Multiregional Training MTU-3, serving as Board Secretary. He is also a Certified Police Chief as recognized by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and was recognized by the Illinois State Crime Commission for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2008.
Chief Kruger is a 1994 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Leadership from Judson University and a Master of Science from National-Louis University.