Veteran Oak Park Police Commander Anthony Ambrose was named to fill one of two vacant Deputy Chief of Police positions on that force Tuesday. Carl Leidy, a 32-year veteran of the Chicago police force, was named to fill the other position.
Ambrose will serve as Deputy Chief of Administration, overseeing records, budgets and training, as well as the village's ongoing effort to earn accreditation through the Commission on Law Enforcement. Leidy will be Deputy Chief of Field Services, with responsibility for patrol, crossing guards and community service officers. They join the departments only current Deputy Chief of Support Services, Robert Scianna, who oversees the Investigation Division, community policing and the juvenile unit.
Ambrose, who joined the Oak Park force in 1984, currently oversees the department's Community policing efforts. Included in that program is the Resident Beat Officer program, which had police officers living and working in seven dedicated beats, with a primary focus on dealing with quality of life issues.
Leidy joined the Chicago department in 1973. He rose through the ranks to his current position of Captain in the 19th District, where he oversees 150 sworn officers and support staff.
According to a Tuesday village press release, both men have advanced Criminal Justice degrees from Lewis University, and also have specialized training in a wide range of subjects through such organizations as the FBI and other police organizations.
Chief Rick Tanksley was out of the office Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, and unavailable for further comment.