UPDATE: CHERRY VALLEY (WIFR) – After more than 30 years of working in law enforcement, Cherry Valley’s top cop says goodbye.
Today was the last day on the job for Police Chief Todd Houde, friends and co-workers bid him farewell at a special going-away party. Chief Houde announced his retirement last month saying this was a financial and personal decision and that he looks forward to spending more time with his family.
Houde was chief in Cherry Valley for five years but he had been with the Department for 31 years.
CHERRY VALLEY (WIFR) – Cherry Valley Police Chief Todd Houde has announced his retirement from the department. Chief Houde commented in his email to staff that “This is a financial and personal decision and I look forward to spending more time with my family.”
Chief Houde started his career at the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police Department as a deputy in 1981. He joined the Cherry Valley Police Department in 1982 as a part-time officer who was hired full-time in 1986. During his career he has served on the Northern Illinois Auto Task Force and the Stateline Area Narcotics Task Force, receiving investigative awards from both agencies. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and Chief in 2008. Chief Houde has also been instrumental in helping the department sustain achieve and sustain CALEA recognition.
Chief Houde has said he will retire from the department on June 28th, 2013. He has said he has an interest in teaching and will continue to volunteer instructing area schools in Practical Response to Active Shooters, which is one of his passions.