Citing financial and personal reasons, Cherry Valley Police Chief Todd Houde will retire from his position. He also said he'd like to spend more time with his family.
Chief Houde's career started at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1982. He's also served on the Northern Illinois Auto Task Force and the Stateline Area Narcotics Task Force. He's received investigative awards from both agencies.
He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and to Chief in 2008 and has also been instrumental in helping the department achieve and sustain their CALEA recognition.
His last day will be June 28th. He continues to have an interest in instructing area schools in Practical Response to Active Shooters.