CHANNAHON – Village Administrator Joe Pena announced this week his intent to retirement next month, saying it was time for him to spend some quality time with his family.
His letter of intent was approved by the village board Monday evening. His retirement is effective April 30.
Pena was hired as Channahon police chief seven years ago, after the board and staff became acquainted with him through an assessment of the department Pena was conducting through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
“I became enamored with both the department and with Channahon,” Pena said in an interview Wednesday.
He then withdrew from the assessment process and applied for the position of chief. A few years later, after Village Administer Jamie Bowden left his position, Pena was appointed dual police chief/village administrator. In 2007, the board promoted Jeff Wold to chief and Pena began as full-time administrator.
“I have been involved in municipal work now for just over 40 years and feel the time has come to step away and let the younger generation assume control," Pena wrote in his letter of resignation.
Pena also said the staff at the village and police department is one of the best he has ever worked with.