Alton will be looking for a new police chief, as David Hayes will be leaving the department at the end of the year, retiring after 30 years on the job. Hayes will be taking the job of Assistant Director of SILEC - the Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. Hayes will remain with the Alton Police Department through December 31, but will not officially retire until the end of February.
Hayes has been a member of the force in Alton since 1983, and chief since August of 2009 when he replaced then-Chief Chris Sullivan. He says he has enjoyed his career in Alton.
Among his accomplishments while Chief is the creation of the Pharmaceutical Drop Box program at the police station; the execution of Operation Crackdown, which netted over 20 drug offenders arrested; the establishment of the Alton Police Chaplain Program with Cornerstone Ministries; and the creation of ordinances addressing false alarms, noise problems, and scrap metal theft.