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Streamwood police chief named top cop in St. Charles

The police chief in Streamwood has been selected for the same job in St. Charles.

James Keegan has served as chief in Streamwood since 2011 and has been with the department for almost 22 years. His appointment, which was recommened by St. Charles City Administrator Mark Koenen and approved unanimously Monday by the City Council, comes after a nearly six-month search. Former Chief James Lamkin left the city for the Schaumburg Police Department late last year.

"I'm a resident of Kane County. I have ties to the greater St. Charles area and that was really my interest in the community itself and being a part of some of the good things that are going around there," Keegan said in an interview. "I can't say enough about the city itself. I think it's a wonderful community and I'm really looking froward to being a part of it."

Koenen said the city received about 75 applications for the job and conducted a series of interviews with several candidates before choosing Keegan. Keegan will begin the job on June 30 and be sworn in on July 7.

"Streamwood has been fortunate to have Mr. Keegan as a part of their team and we certainly compliment Streamwood in the succession planning that they have provided for Mr. Keegan to be successful," Koenen said. "He held a whole host of roles (in Streamwood.) It's been a good basis for experience."

In Streamwood, Keegan participated in the planning and construction of a new $12 million police facility, implemented new evidence processing measures and upgraded in-car computer systems for the police fleet. He said one of his greatest accomplishments has been establishing training initiatives and extensive outreach programs for the community.

"I hope to continue that and build on that in the city of St. Charles," Keegan said. "My big goal early on is just face time with as many people as I can find."

Koenen commended the department's Deputy Chief of Administration Steve Huffman, who has served as interim chief since Lamkin's departure, saying the city has been "very successful with him keeping our ship upright."

Keegan holds an associate's degree in criminal justice from William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, a bachelor's degree in communications and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University and a master's degree in management and leadership from National Louis University.

Freelance reporter Alexa Aguilar contributed to this story.

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