Elgin Chief Reconsiders Retirement Decision Council Says Uncertainty Distracting to Force
Hahn, Brad, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Brad Hahn Daily Herald Staff Writer
After meeting with his new boss for more than three hours, Elgin police Chief Charles Gruber on Friday said he is reconsidering retirement.
Gruber had planned to leave the department he's led for seven years shortly after new City Manager Joyce Parker moves to town in January.
But after talking to Parker earlier this month, he had second thoughts, and he wants another meeting with her before making up his mind.
"I was very favorably impressed with my meetings with her, we'll see what happens," Gruber said. "I'm busy doing my work, I just haven't been able to think much about myself right now."
His statement is a new turn in a saga that began in the spring, when Gruber announced his intention to leave the department.
He first asked the Elgin City Council to allow him to retire, but stay on as interim chief - a strategy that would have allowed Gruber to begin collecting his pension, and a regular paycheck.
When that plan was rejected, the chief said he intended to accept an offer from Elgin Community College to become chief of security. That option would allow him to earn a $40,000 salary and pension money, reported to be in excess of $57,000.
But rumors alleged he still was looking at other options, and this fall he was announced as a finalist for the Carpentersville village manager post. …