Fox River Grove trustees appoint new police chief

Sgt. Eric Waitrovich to start new role Sept. 2

By BRITTANY KEEPERMAN - bkeeperman@shawmedia.com Published: Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 12:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 9:02 a.m. CDT

FOX RIVER GROVE – Fox River Grove will have a new police chief by the beginning of September.

Village Board trustees appointed Sgt. Eric Waitrovich to serve as new police chief, effective Sept. 2. Waitrovich has been on the Fox River Grove police force since 2007.

He began as a police officer and was promoted to sergeant in 2013, according to a news release from the village.

Waitrovich has a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Norbert College, and has completed the Police Staff and Command course at Northwestern University.

As sergeant, he manages daily operations for the police department, including training, scheduling and patrol-related functions.

Waitrovich will succeed Chief Ron Lukasik, who will retire Sept. 1 after 25 years with the Fox River Grove Police Department.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Waitrovich as police chief,” Village President Robert Nunamaker said in the release. “He is an excellent police officer and has shown an outstanding acumen for leadership that has earned the admiration of the other members of the police department and the Fox River Grove community.”

Waitrovich does not yet have a contract, and a salary has not been established, Village Administrator Derek Soderholm said.

“The salary range for the position is $85,084 to $115,116, and Eric will be paid working this range,” Soderholm said in an email.