Village of Huntley Appoints New Police Chief

The Village of Huntley is proud to announce the promotion of Deputy Chief Linda Hooten to Chief of Police, effective June 7, 2024. This announcement follows the retirement of Police Chief Robert Porter.

“Chief Hooten is committed to the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.  She is keenly aware of the importance of community partnerships in fulfilling the mission of the Huntley Police Department. With over 22 years of dedicated service to the Huntley community, Hooten’s extensive experience, strong leadership qualities, and dedication to the profession make her the natural choice to lead the Huntley Police Department,” said Village Manager David Johnson.

Hooten has served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, investigations sergeant, patrol sergeant, and since 2021 as deputy chief of the patrol division. Throughout her career, Hooten has been instrumental in developing multiple programs within the department, including LEAD the Way, Domestic Violence Follow-up, HHS Teen Forum, Tri-Area Teen Court (T.A.C.T.), and Police Peer Support. She was an active member of the Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC) in McHenry County and spearheaded county-wide training on a variety of topics related to domestic violence and sexual assault investigations.

Hooten stated “I am honored to be selected as the next chief of the Huntley Police Department. My law enforcement career began here in 2001. I am humbled by the decision to entrust me with the responsibility of leading the men and women of the department into the future. I fully appreciate and look to build upon the strong partnership between the department and our community. Together, we will continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of all those that live in and visit Huntley.”

Hooten holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University with a double major in Law Enforcement and Psychology and a master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety Supervision of Police Personnel, and is Certified Eligible through the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association.

 “I am confident Chief Hooten will carry on the legacy of exceptional leadership in the Huntley Police Department and is committed to keeping our community safe,” said Village President Timothy Hoeft.  “I look forward to our residents having the opportunity to interact with Chief Hooten and supporting her as Chief.”

For additional information, contact Village Manager David Johnson at 847-515-5244 or by e-mail at