His "dream job." That's how Oswego Deputy Police Chief Jim Jensen describes the Chief of Police position in Yorkville, a position he will fill next month, pending Yorkville City Council approval.
Jensen spoke with WSPY on Monday about taking on the new role.
Jensen, a Yorkville native, has served as deputy chief in Oswego since 2015 and has been with the Oswego Police Department since 1993.
Prior to working with Oswego, Jensen served as a Kendall County Sheriff's deputy. He holds degrees from Western Illinois, the College of St. Francis, the F.B.I. National Academy and has studied at the University of Virginia.
Jensen spoke about what led him to pursue a career in law enforcement. He credits a former Yorkville police chief.
Jensen says getting to know the men and women of the police department and learning their opinions on the department are among his short term goals. Community policing is another goal in the short and long term.
Yorkville may be looking at options for both a future police station and city hall in the long-term. There have been safety and space concerns regarding the current police station that is adjoined to city hall on Game Farm Rd. near Yorkville High School.
Retiring chief Rich Hart told a city council committee earlier this month that he would recommend acquiring land and building a new station.
Jensen was asked if he has had any thoughts about a future police station.
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson said in early July that there were 37 applicants for the police chief position. Yorkville Mayor John Purcell says a vote on Jensen's appointment is tentatively scheduled for the August 13th city council meeting.