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Longtime Sauget Police Chief Patrick Delaney retires

Patrick Delaney
Patrick Delaney

After 31 years as the top lawman in Sauget, Patrick Delaney has taken a job as the director of security at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis.

Delaney, 57, said the decision to retire from the Sauget police force is one he made after a lot of thought.

Delaney started his new job Jan. 1. And on Monday, former Cahokia Police Chief James Jones will take over where Delaney left off. Jones currently is serving as a captain in the Cahokia Police Department and will retire from the village on Friday.

In his new job, Delaney will oversee 70 employees.

“It’s a big department and a busy place. And, there are some wonderful people there.”

Asked what his goal is at the Casino Queen, Delaney said, “To make sure the customers who come there will be safe.”

Both men, when asked why they made their decisions, said they felt it was time to move on in their careers.

Delaney said 24-hour nightclubs in the tiny village sometimes made the job challenging, but added, “I loved my job in Sauget. There was not one day that I didn’t look forward to going to work.”

Delaney said he is most proud that there was very little turnover in the police department during his tenure.

“There was always 12 men on the department. Nobody ever left, other than one who went to Centreville and one to Granite City. This is a rare thing. Lots of police departments lose their officers to Fairview Heights, Illinois State Police or the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department because they make more money. But, in Sauget, if they didn’t retire, they are still working for the police department.”

Delaney said he worked with great people in Sauget.

“It’s been a great ride. I can’t say enough for the mayor of Sauget, Richard Sauget Jr. and the Board of Trustees. The mayor is a great guy. He’s treated me so well. He is a blessing to work for. And the Board of Trustees are all outstanding,” Delaney said.

I loved my job in Sauget. There was not one day that I didn’t look forward to going to work.

Patrick Delaney, former Sauget police chief

He had nothing but good things to say about Jones and said the department and the village of Sauget will be in “good and capable hands” with Jones.

Jones said he was honored when his friend called him and told him he wanted to recommend him to take his job.

“I am happy for Pat. And, I am honored that he picked me to take his place. I know it will be hard to follow such an outstanding, police administrator and an even better person like Pat, but the village can count on me to do my best every day.”

Jones, 49, has more than 20 years experience in law enforcement. He started his career at the East St. Louis Police Department and served as Cahokia’s police chief for four years.

Delaney is the son of of Terry and Janice Delaney. Terry Delaney, is a former member of the Washington Park Police Department, the East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois State Police, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, a former U.S. marshal and a former investigator with the U.S. Attorney’s office under former U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton. Delaney and his wife, Cindy Delaney, have been married for 19 years. He is the father of two children, Anthony Delaney, 22, and Meagan, Delaney, 16.

Janice Delaney is the former St. Clair County clerk and presently the village clerk in Sauget.

His parents said it was a tough decision for their son to leave Sauget.

“I am so proud of that kid. I love the way he’s lived his life. It’s a measure of a life well lived and it can’t get any better than that for a mother,” Janice Delaney said of her son.

Terry Delaney said, “I am extremely proud of him. I am sure there was an a tremendous amount of competition for that position. He’s worked in the village for 31 years as the chief and that’s almost unheard of.”

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503