POLO New police chief an old hand at the job

April 4, 2019

POLO – The City Council hired a new police chief with a familiar face.

Jon Mandrell, Sauk Valley Community College’s former vice president of academic and student services, will replace retiring Chief Kurt Cavanaugh, who will step down May 20.

He will be paid $65,000 a year, the same as Cavanaugh.

Cavanaugh, a Polo native, has been chief since November 2016. He was with Illinois State Police for 27 years before that, retiring as a lieutenant in Criminal Investigations.

Mandrell, 38, left Sauk on June 29 to become president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Murfreesboro.

He commuted from Polo, where he lives and where he has been a part-time officer for about 8 years. He will quit the Tennessee job when he takes over as chief.

Mandrell also worked full-time for the Oregon Police Department before becoming a Sauk instructor and administrator.

He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters: Laynie, 11 and Macie, 9.