New Deputy Chief and Sergeant Promoted

The promotional swearing in for the Huntley Police Department's new Deputy Chief and Sergeant occurred at the Board of Trustees meeting on July 8, 2021.

Deputy Chief Linda Hooten has assumed command of the Support Services Bureau of the department. DC Hooten graduated from Western Illinois University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and Psychology and a minor in Public Communications and Human Relations in May 2001. She continued her education and received a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University in May 2008. DC Hooten has been employed with the Huntley Police Department since December 2001. She received her academy training through the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. After two years as a patrol officer, DC Hooten transferred into the School Resource Officer position at Huntley High School for four years. She was promoted to Sergeant in July 2008. DC Hooten then served as the Investigations Sergeant, where she helped develop and implement county-wide protocols for domestic violence and sexual assault investigations as well as the L.E.A.D. the Way program. While serving as a Patrol Sergeant for the last two years, she oversaw the department's Field Training Program, Bicycle Officer Program, and was a member of the Department’s Strategic Planning Committee. During her employment with the Huntley Police Department, Deputy Chief Hooten has been certified as a juvenile officer, D.A.R.E. school resource, forensic interviewer, bicycle officer, evidence technician, and gang enforcement officer. Additional areas of training include domestic violence, autism awareness, interviewing and interrogation, police suicide awareness and background investigations. In her current assignment, she oversees the Office of Professional Standards, department training, the Criminal Investigations Division, Records Division, emergency management, the department’s accreditation (CALEA), jail operations, building maintenance, police vehicle fleet, and the department’s recruitment program, public information dissemination, and police community programs. Additionally, Deputy Chief Hooten is an active member on the Family Violence Coordinating Council in McHenry County.

Sergeant Dave Sander has been assigned to the Patrol Division as the Area 2 Sergeant. He has been employed with the Huntley Police Department since February 2007. He received his police academy training through the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Sgt. Sander attended McHenry County College and College of Lake County, where he earned an Associate Degree in Engineering Science. After being hired by the Huntley Police Department, Sgt. Sander went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and later an additional Associate in Science degree in Intelligence Operations through Cochise College in Arizona. Sgt. Sander has served as a juvenile officer, field training officer, evidence technician, officer in charge and a temporary assignment as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division . Additional areas of training include interviewing and interrogations, undercover narcotics investigations, and lead homicide investigator. From February 2018 through June 2021, Sgt. Sander was assigned as an Inspector for the Illinois State Police, North Central Narcotics Task Force. His duties included undercover narcotics operations, drug-induced homicide investigations, handling confidential informants, serving search warrants and various other narcotics and weapons related investigations. Sgt. Sander also serves as a sergeant in the US Army Reserve as a Human Intelligence Collector. He is currently assigned to the 3300th Strategic Intelligence Group out of Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

We welcome DC Hooten and Sgt Sander to their new roles and know they will continue to do great things for our community.