McHenry Police Chief William Brogan takes a look at a picture taken of him as an officer with the Fox River Grove police department in 1978.
Brogan is retiring as police chief to take a position at McHenry County College as criminal justice teacher.
"It's been a joy," Brogan
said, "a dream job.
(Lauren M. Anderson - email@example.com)
McHENRY During the past week, Police Chief William Brogan has been packing up his office and taking down photos of himself as a young police officer.
Along with one of the photos is a card of St. Michael, the patron saint of police officers.
Hes received retirement cards, and people jokingly have referred to him as Professor Brogan
In his 28 years with the McHenry Police Department, Brogan has been a patrol officer, a youth officer, a detective, and a sergeant.
has supervised patrol shifts and later supervised the investigations section.
In 2002, Brogan was appointed deputy chief of field operations by then-Chief Thomas OMeara.
I love to do everything; give me a chance to do anything, and Ill do it, Brogan
In December 2008, Brogan was appointed chief by Mayor Sue Low.
Ive always known Bill
as a person of great integrity.
I knew he
would bring that to the position.
It was a hard case to solve, Brogan
In court, it still is unresolved because of appeals.
Its like the case that wont go away, he
Brogan was a detective at the time and assigned to the McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team.
The department had help with the case from 15 to 20 detectives from around the county, Brogan
It was a difficult case to finally crack, Brogan
Brogan is leaving the police department to teach criminal justice at McHenry County College, where classes begin Aug. 20.
He has taught at Columbia College of Missouri in Crystal Lake.
has a laid-back teaching style.
I like to engage the students, get them involved in discussions; it will be interesting, most of my students will be out of high school, Brogan
A lot of people have diverse views I find out.
Youre either a law enforcement person or individual rights person; there are not too many people in the middle.
When Brogan came to the McHenry Police Department, he had only a high school diploma but he was working toward his associate's degree.
He eventually earned bachelors and masters degrees, and education is important to him.
It ... [helped] me be a better person, more well-rounded, more knowledgeable, a better candidate for promotions within the department, Brogan
Future job: Will retire Friday from the McHenry Police Department to take a teaching position at McHenry County College.
Bill Brogan, Good cop!