Administrative Office

Meet Chief Ana Lalley

Police Chief Ana Z. Lalley is a 28-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University, Chicago. Additionally, Chief Lalley has completed the PERF/Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at Boston University, Police Staff and Command, at Northwestern University, and is an FBI-LEEDA Trilogy recipient.

With the changes in today’s world, Chief Lalley understands the importance of homeland security awareness. The desire to develop actionable policies and strategies in the area of homeland security led her to complete her second master’s degree from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California.

Chief Lalley provided leadership in various capacities prior to becoming Elgin’s 35th Police Chief in 2018. Like many Police Chiefs, she climbed through all ranks of leadership, enabling her to gain a broader understanding of law enforcement operations. In her earlier years, she was assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol officer and the Drug Unit as an undercover officer. Chief Lalley was sworn-in to the rank of Sergeant in 2007, Lieutenant in 2010, and in 2012 Commander. During her tenure as a Commander, she was responsible for all aspects of the Investigations Division, Administration Division, Patrol Division and Strategic Initiatives Division which focuses on fostering community-oriented policing strategies and developing community partnerships.

Along with her co-workers, Chief Lalley has been vital to the success of many police department achievements. From a technology standpoint, she served as project manager for the Body-Worn Camera Program, Real-Time Information Center, Transparency Hub, and the Internal and External Mobile Application. As a community advocate, she implemented the Spanish Police Academy, Teen Citizen Police Academy, Women’s Self Defense Program, Coffee with a Cop, Not in our Town film viewings/community conversations, and the Youth Empowerment Program. In 2019, the department embarked on the creation of the Collaborative Crisis Services Unit and Emergency Services Detail, both units work together to respond to mental health related calls for service utilizing a co-response model which pairs a police officer with a mental health professionals and community resources to connect individuals with appropriate services. In 2023 the department was accredited through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP).

Building relationships within the law enforcement community is important to Chief Lalley. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), National Association of Woman in Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) where she is an appointed member at large of the Board of Directors.

Chief Lalley is the recipient of many departmental awards to include Manager of the Year and was also the recipient of the YWCA Myrtle Spiegler Gerberding Award for Public Service.

Chief Lalley teaches at Elgin Community College and since 2008, she has provided students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in law enforcement. Elgin Community College awarded Chief Lalley with a Service to Students Award for her work.


Meet Deputy Chief Adam Schuessler

Deputy Chief Adam Schuessler is a 28-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College of Missouri. Additionally, Deputy Chief Schuessler has completed the PERF/Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at Boston University, Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, and is an FBI-LEEDA Trilogy recipient.

Throughout his career, Deputy Chief Schuessler has been dedicated to cultivating awareness and resources for the mental health and physical wellness for police officers. He continuously seeks to identify new initiatives and implements new programs at the department to ensure the overall wellbeing of police officers.

Deputy Chief Schuessler provided leadership in various capacities prior to being appointed Deputy Chief in June of 2021. He was promoted to Commander in 2019 and assigned to the Investigations area; Lieutenant in 2015 and assigned to the Patrol Division and Investigations area; Sergeant in 2010 and assigned to the Patrol Division, Investigations area and the Emergency Communications Division. In his earlier years as an officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, Unit for Special Assignment and was selected to serve the Elgin community as an officer assigned to Elgin’s well known Resident Officer Program.

Deputy Chief Schuessler has been vital to the success of the department’s Peer Support Program, use of force training initiative where a simulator was incorporated into the department’s training curriculum, and he continues to lead and maintain the department’s accreditation status through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP).

Cultivating relationships within the law enforcement community is important to Deputy Chief Schuessler. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), Police Research Executive Forum (PERF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) LEEDA Program.


Meet Commander Dave Lesko

Commander Dave Lesko is a 26-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Judson University. Additionally, Commander Lesko has completed Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University and is an FBI-LEEDA Trilogy recipient.

Throughout his career, Commander Lesko has understood the importance of educating police officers on the long-term effects of working in law enforcement. He strives to ensure police officers are provided with resources to ensure their overall well-being is a priority and continues to be part of the department’s Peer Support Team.

Commander Lesko provided leadership in many capacities prior to being appointed to the position of Commander in September of 2021. He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2020 and assigned to the Patrol Division; Sergeant in January 2015 and assigned to the Patrol Division and Special Investigations area; and in his early years as a police officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Division and served as a Detective assigned to the Investigation area.

Commander Lesko not only prioritizes the well-being of police officers, but he also extends resources and education to the families of police officers. He coordinates an annual meeting for the families of police officers, counselors, and therapy dogs to exchange information and provide support to one another.

Cultivating relationships within the law enforcement community is important to Commander Lesko. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), Kane County Chief’s of Police Association (KCCOPA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) LEEDA Program.


Meet Commander Heather Lencioni

Commander Heather Lencioni is a 20-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Kent State University. Additionally, Commander Lencioni completed Police Staff and Commander at Northwestern University and is in the process of completing the FBI-LEEDA trilogy courses.

Throughout her career, Commander Lencioni has cultivated extensive knowledge of police investigations and continues to expand her knowledge through previously serving as the Assistant Commander for the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force. She is also dedicated to providing crisis intervention training (CIT) to ensure her law enforcement colleagues are equipped with the necessary tools to safely de-escalate critical situations. Commander Lencioni received recognition as the CIT Officer of the Year by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) in 2023.

Commander Lencioni provided leadership in various capacities prior to being appointed to the position of Commander in 2023. She was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 2022 and assigned to the Patrol Division and Special Investigations Group; Sergeant in July of 2018 and assigned to the Patrol Division, School Resource Officer Unit, Major Investigations Division, and the Administration Office assigned to the role of Public Information Officer (PIO). In her early years as a police officer, she was assigned to the Patrol Division working on the Midnight Shift where she specialized in evidence recovery and hostage/crisis negotiations. She also served as a Detective assigned to the Major Investigations Division before her promotion to Sergeant.

Commander Lencioni is proud of her involvement with the department’s Awards Committee where her colleagues and community members are recognized at the department’s Annual Awards Ceremony for their contributions to making the Elgin community a safe and enjoyable place for all.

Cultivating relationships within the law enforcement community is important to Commander Lencioni. She is a member of National Association of Woman in Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), Illinois Homicide Investigators Association (ILHIA), Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association (ICNA), Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) CIT Program, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) LEEDA Program.


Meet Commander Matt Udelhoven

Commander Matt Udelhoven is a 31-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. Additionally, Commander Udelhoven has completed Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University.

Throughout his career, Commander Udelhoven has proven his commitment to providing logistical, technical, and tactical support to law enforcement professionals and agencies. Providing aid for law enforcement agencies requesting support to perform law enforcement activities in a safe and expeditious manner, through his position as the Commander for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Mobile Field Force, continues to be one of his priorities.

Commander Udelhoven provided leadership in various capacities prior to being appointed to the position of Commander in October of 2023. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2019 and assigned to the Patrol Division and the Investigations area; Sergeant in September of 2006 and assigned to the Patrol Division; and in his earlier years as a police officer, he was assigned to the Patrol Division and the Traffic Unit.

Commander Udelhoven has been vital to the success of the department’s Drone Program which was launched in 2017 and has since provided tremendous support in various investigations for the department as well as other law enforcement agencies throughout Cook and Kane counties. He has participated in over 200 missions, including lifesaving flights, search and rescue, crash/crime scenes, barricaded subjects and more. Since 2010, he has served as the Team Commander for the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Mobile Field Force for Kane and McHenry counties.

Cultivating relationships within the law enforcement community is important to Commander Udelhoven. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP).


  1. Chief Lalley

    Ana Lalley

    Police Chief

  2. Commander Schuessler

    Adam Schuessler

    Deputy Chief

  3. Lesko

    Dave Lesko

    Commander

  4. lencioni

    Heather Lencioni

    Commander

  5. Udelhoven, Matt 203

    Matt Udelhoven

    Commander