Former Yorkville deputy police chief pleads guilty to felonies
By Matt Hanley email@example.com September 27, 2012 4:54PM
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:05AM
YORKVILLE — Yorkville’s former deputy police chief pleaded guilty this week to stealing prescription medication from the department’s unwanted medication program.
David Delaney, 37, of Yorkville, pleaded guilty to felonies guilty in Kendall County Court to theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to special prosecutor Chuck Coburn.
Delaney’s plea came without an agreed-upon sentence.
He was found to be eligible for the addiction diversion program, so he was sentenced to two years probation. As part of the terms of probation, he will have to get substance abuse treatment or counseling. Delaney’s petition to apply for the program said he is addicted to prescription pills.
Delaney’s attorney, James Tomaska, declined to comment after the court appearance.
Delaney was arrested in June 2011 by Illinois State Police. Prosecutors claim Delaney took prescription medicine for his personal use that had been turned in by residents as part of an unused medication disposal program. Yorkville police canceled the medication disposal program on the day Delaney was arrested.
Shortly after he was arrested, Delaney was demoted from deputy chief to lieutenant and put on administrative leave, meaning he was not allowed to act as a Yorkville police officer. A few months later, he resigned before he could be fired by the city’s board of fire and police commissioners.
Delaney had been with the Yorkville police since 1999 and was the city’s first deputy chief. He had worked at the Plano Police Department prior to joining Yorkville and was the 1999 Oswegoland Optimist Club’s Officer of the Year.
Since the arrest, Don Schwartzkopf and Larry Hilt have been promoted to deputy chief.