Blue Island top cop gets Posen job
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org May 9, 2012 9:50PM
Updated: June 11, 2012 10:18AM
Blue Island Police Chief Doug Hoglund soon will become the police chief in Posen.
Hoglund replaces Ralph Jungles Jr., who decided to join a private investigative firm after nearly three years as chief, Posen Mayor Don Schupek said Wednesday.
Hoglund, 56, has spent his entire 33-year police career in Blue Island and has been chief for nine years.
“I’ve enjoyed it as much today as I did 33 years ago. If you enjoy what you do every day, it’s not like coming to work. It sounds like a cliche, but I enjoy it,” Hoglund said.
Blue Island will soon appoint an interim police chief, likely from within the department, Mayor Don Peloquin said.
“Doug has done an excellent job as chief,” he said. “It’s a good move financially for him.”
Hoglund, who still will reside in Blue Island, said he was grateful to Peloquin and Blue Island for hiring him as chief and to Schupek “for having the confidence in me to give me a shot.”
Posen is a smaller police department but shares many of the same crime concerns as Blue Island, he said.
“We handle the dispatching for Posen, so I’m familiar with their call volume and the crimes they have. There’s a certain element that crosses Blue Island and Posen, and I do know some of the Posen police officers. I’m sad to leave here, but it’s a good challenge,” Hoglund said.
Schupek said he and village trustees interviewed several people and “we felt Doug was the best person for the position.”
Hoglund plans to continue teaching law enforcement classes as an adjunct professor at South Suburban College.