Oak Park Village Manager Cara Pavlicek announced on Wednesday, April 25, that Oak Park Police Chief Anthony Ambrose is taking an extended leave of absence and will be temporarily succeeded by Deputy Police Chief LaDon Reynolds.
A village press release did not give a reason for the leave of absence.
“I support the village manager taking this action in keeping with routine policy and procedure when the police chief is unavailable for an extended time,” Ambrose said in a press release. “Deputy Chief Reynolds has my full support and confidence. Knowing he is in charge will allow me to focus on personal matters that need my full attention. I can say without hesitation that the people of Oak Park will be in good hands during in my absence.”
The press release noted that Reynolds, who joined the Oak Park Police Department in 1994, was named deputy chief in September. He previously served as detective commander.
Reynolds has a Master of Science in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Reynolds is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Illinois Training Standards Board Executive Institute and the Community Leadership Program at Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business.