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Seneca police chief retires after 37 years

Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan will retire April 30 from his post. He's been police chief for the last three decades.
Seneca Police Chief Ray Meglan will retire April 30 from his post. He's been police chief for the last three decades.

Ray Meglan, who has been police chief in Seneca for three decades, recently announced his retirement.

He has served on the police department for 37 years. His retirement will be effective Monday, April 30. Meglan's police career spans eight mayors and nine public health and safety commissioners.

“He wants to spend time with his grandchildren and he now has a new great-grandson, so we can definitely understand why he wants to retire.” said Seneca Commissioner Rich Applebee. “He has served Seneca for a long time and we wish him well in his retirement. He will definitely be missed.”

Meglan said he and his wife, Cindy, have been talking about his retirement for about a year.

“Cindy, and I want to not only see more of our grandchildren, especially our new great-grandson, but we also want to travel,” Meglan said. “We've already got a couple of trips planned for June. ... There's a lot of places in the United States we want to see, so we're just going to pack up the motor home and travel.

"I can't wait,” the police chief said with a smile.

“We really just want to do things we want to do while we still can. You know you can never be sure you're going to wake up the next morning so we really are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying everything.”

Applebee said the village will be accepting resumes and applications for the police chief position until 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Resumes should be sent to the Seneca Village Hall, 340 N. Cash St., 61360. Applicants can email the Village Clerk Therese Russell at or call 815-357-8771.

Pending legislation could affect employee training

Accounts and Finance Commissioner Rick Barla told the council there is pending legislation in Springfield that, if passed, could take away the ability of all Illinois municipalities from spending tax dollars on employee training and education. Barla said he took the liberty of drafting letters to state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and Rep. David Welter, R-Morris, that expressed village disapproval. Mayor David Spicer agreed, saying he would execute the letters.

Brad Cole, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League, said Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, introduced House Bill 4246, HB 4247 and HB 4248, which are legislation that would target educational opportunities like employee training and other educational requirements used by local government officials.

The bill also bans public funds for other expenses that include renting or buying space connected to a convention or gathering.

Village expresses employee appreciation

Two village departments and Emergency Management Coordinator Kathleen Haralson were commended and thanked for the work they did in preparations before and during the recent snowstorm.

“I want to thank our water/sewer employees for the fantastic job they did during that bad snowstorm last week,” Spicer said. “They have worked 24/7 to make sure the village was taken care of. In preparation for potential flooding, they busted the ice on the creeks. They are all just really fantastic employees who work under amazing conditions. They definitely deserve our thanks.”

Russell noted that Ingrid, one of the water/sewer employees “actually trudged through all the snow to read the water meters. She was absolutely fantastic in the job she did."

Streets & Public Improvements Commissioner Jeff Olson praised his street department employees.

“Our streets and sidewalks on Main Street were constantly being cleared of snow," he said. "Our employees worked 24/7 to make our village look good while making sure our residents could get through the snow. They all deserve our appreciation.”

Applebee praised Haralson for her assistance during the snowstorm.

“Kathy did a great job in planning and handling snow issues in our village,” he said. “She took care of everything in relation to the snowstorm, notifying all the people she needed to contact and just generally keeping all possible emergencies under control. We are really lucky to have her in our village.”

Additionally, the board approved:

A total of $12,788 in paid bills that include $4,221 from the water department ($2,451 for sewer repairs and service line parts) and ($2,646 legal and bank bills) from public health & safety fund.

The payment of $2,237 to Underground Pipe & Valve Co., Plainfield, for repairs and service line parts for water meter installations. The payment will be split between water and sewer funds.

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