New Yorkville Police Chief Jim Jensen and outgoing Police Chief Rich Hart both received standing ovations at Tuesday's Yorkville City Council meeting, as the city transitions in leadership of the police department.
A standing room only crowd watched as Jensen was sworn-in by Mayor John Purcell, Chief Hart, and with the help of retired Yorkville Police Chief's Dick Randall, Ron Diederich, and Harold Martin.
Jensen, a Yorkville native, has served as deputy chief in Oswego since 2015 and has been with the Oswego Police Department since 1993.
Speaking with WSPY, he reacted to the large turnout for his installation.
Jensen added that leaving Oswego Police was "bittersweet" and he thanked the department.
The Yorkville City Council also thanked Chief Hart on Tuesday night for 27 years of service to the Yorkville Police Department. Mayor Purcell made a presentation.
Aldermen unanimously approved incoming Chief Jensen's contract terms, officially documenting the transition. Jensen will receive an annual base salary of $140,000 through April 30, 2021 when further negotiation will occur.
Mayor Purcell says among the roughly 35 applicants, 15 to 20 were former or current police chiefs and that it was clear Jensen was right for the job.
In other news, City Engineering Consultant Brad Sanderson made an announcement regarding long-term discussions continuing with Kendall County regarding a reconstruction of Mill Rd.
The city and county have discussed the possibility of a roundabout in the area where Mill Rd. meets Kennedy Rd. and Kennedy Rd. meets Galena Rd. Kendall County's Highway Committee said Tuesday that they want to explore several alternatives.
Whether the roundabout could include all three roads remains to be seen, however, Sanderson says comments are leaning toward having both a traffic signal and a roundabout.
Yorkville and Kendall County both approved an intergovernmental agreement last month for a short-term fix for resurfacing while study continues.
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson says bids on that resurfacing have been returned. Estimates from the county were $120,000 and a low bid of $140,797 was received.
Olson, also echoing comments from Kendall County Highway Engineer Fran Klaas, said the bid is within reason, based on the timeline. The county and city will both consider whether that bid should be accepted.