Valerie Salmons, Village Administrator for the Village of Bartlett, Elected Chair of State Board

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Valerie Salmons, Village Administrator for the Village of Bartlett, has been elected as Chairman of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Chairman Salmons has served on the Board since 1989 and was elected to her first term as the Chairman of the Board in September of 1995.  She is the longest continuously serving member of the Board and has been appointed as a Board member by five Governors.  During her service, Ms. Salmons has been instrumental in shaping and implementing law enforcement training and policy throughout the State of Illinois.

Kevin T. McClain, Executive Director of the Board, states “Chairman Salmons has devoted herself to addressing the needs of law enforcement and public safety. We look forward to her role as our Chairman.”

She has served as Village Administrator of Bartlett since 1982 and Assistant Manager of Decatur and Administrative Assistant in Deerfield prior to that.  Village Administrator Salmons has also served as the Midwest Regional Vice President for International City/County Management Association (ICMA), President of the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA), and President of the Assistant City Managers Association for Illinois.  She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, referred to as the Board, is the state agency mandated to promote and maintain a high level of professional standards for nearly 40,000 law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and court security officers. Its purpose is to promote and protect citizen health, safety and welfare by encouraging municipalities, counties, park districts, State-controlled universities, colleges, public community colleges, and other local governmental agencies of this state and participating State agencies in their efforts to upgrade and maintain a high level of training and standards for their law enforcement, corrections, and court security personnel.

The Board oversees 10 recruit Basic Law Enforcement and Corrections academies, 15 Mobile Training Units, and funds a number of professional executive training programs including the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Board membership includes statutory members as well as other state and local officials representing sheriffs, chiefs of police, police associations, mayors, and city managers appointed by the Governor.