October 25, 2014

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Acting chief keeps title in LaGrange

LAGRANGE — When police officer Chad Duensing reported for work Tuesday morning, it was business as usual at the station.

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Newly appointed Chief Chad Duensing. MELISSA LINEBRINK/CHRONICLE

The only difference was his job title.

LaGrange Village Mayor Kim Strauss appointed Duensing as the village’s new police chief, succeeding Daniel Moore who announced his retirement in September.

Duensing has been serving as acting chief the past several weeks.

For those who are accustomed to seeing Duensing driving around his police cruiser in LaGrange, he plans to continue to patrol the streets.

Strauss said there were five outside applicants for the position of chief of police, but that Duensing was his first choice.

“He’s the best for our department and the best for our village,” Strauss said.

Strauss said he and Moore prepped Duensing for his new position.

“The other officers felt the same way because everyone feels comfortable with him,” Strauss said Tuesday.

Duensing is a lifelong LorainCounty resident. He graduated from ElyriaHigh School in 1989 and is a 2001 police academy graduate. He was an auxiliary police officer in Grafton and Wellington in 2000 before being hired as a police officer with the LaGrange Police Department in September 2001.

Duensing was promoted to sergeant in 2004.

“I appointed him and he’s done a great job for us,” Strauss said.

Duensing will be placed on a six-month probationary period.

Duensing said the department will see the hiring of a new police officer to bring the total number of full-time officers to seven. In addition, Officer Wayne Ramsey will be promoted to sergeant.

There are also four part-time officers and two auxiliary officers.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7124 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.