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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Chief of Police Retires from Woodridge Police Department

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After 30 years of distinctive service to the Woodridge Police Department, Chief Gina Grady will retire on Wednesday, September 28th. Chief Grady has spent her entire career in law enforcement with the Village of Woodridge and was appointed a patrol officer in July 1986, Sergeant in February 1998, Deputy Chief in June of 2005, and Chief of Police in 2013.

“I’d like to express our appreciation and thanks for all of your outstanding policing and leadership over the past 30 years,” said Mayor Cunningham during the Village of Woodridge’s last Village Board meeting.

Chief Grady brought a wealth of police experience to her various roles and employed a proactive and community-focused approach to her role as Chief of Police. During the course of her career, Chief Grady received many commendations. This included receiving an Award of Valor for placing herself in the line of fire to protect another officer during a drug buy. Her actions were noteworthy nationwide – as the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association presented her with their Medal of Valor award for her bravery in 1993.

When asked what accomplishments have provided her the most satisfaction over the years, Chief Grady responded “seeing the new hires join the department and later advance to other positions or obtain promotions. I always want the best for all the officers, and seeing them achieve their goals makes me proud.”

Chief Grady was sworn in as Chief of Police in September of 2013. At the time, Mayor Cunningham stated “we are very fortunate to have someone of Gina’s talent as our new Chief of Police and we look forward to her leadership of the department and the continued success of the Woodridge Police Department.”

During the course of her tenure, Chief Grady experienced much change in the Village and in the Police Department, recently recalling when Woodward Avenue didn’t go through to 83rd Street, when many streets in the Village were built out from two lanes to four, the construction
of I-355, and the building of various subdivisions. She jokingly added that “the job itself went from using a three-part carbon copy form to all computerized reports, and no one has white-out anymore.”

She reflected “I really enjoyed making friends throughout the community since I started, and some are my friends still today. I enjoy the people I work with, and I was always willing to help make their job easier. I will definitely miss those times and the employees.”

When asked about her plans for retirement, she said “I have a vacation or two planned and a lot of jobs to do around the house that I’ve said I would do when I retire. Beyond that, I’d like to see the Chicago Cubs win a World Series!”

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