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Awards & Recognition

99% of Residents Surveyed Say St. Charles is an Excellent or Good Place to Live

99% of residents surveyed feel St. Charles is an Excellent or Good place to live. The results of the 2020 St. Charles Resident Survey were presented at the Sept. 8, 2020 Government Operations Committee Meeting. In general, survey respondents feel St. Charles is safe, clean and well maintained. Residents also valued the services they receive for the taxes they pay.

Police Department Maintains National Accreditation

The Police Department has held CALEA Accreditation since 1989

The St. Charles Police Department once again has been awarded National Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA maintains professional standards for public safety to improve the delivery of services by participating law enforcement agencies. The St. Charles Police Department first achieved its accredited status in 1989, when it became one of the first agencies in the State of Illinois to become Nationally Accredited.

St. Charles Firefighters Honored

by American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois

Lt. David Chmelar and Firefighter/Paramedic Chad Tinsley of the St. Charles Fire Department were honored as 2020 Everyday Extraordinary Firefighter Heroes by the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. Each year, the organization honors individuals for acts of bravery, dedication, and service to the community.

St. Charles Police Station Wins Award

The American Public Works Association (APWA) selected the new St. Charles Police station project as a public Works Project of the Year in the $5- $25 million structures category. This award promotes excellence in project management, safety, community relations, environmental impact, and construction innovation.

“The success of this project is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of the entire project team,” said Public Works Director Peter Suhr.

How St. Charles Became "The Pride of the Fox"

50 years ago, the City of St. Charles officially became known as The Pride of the Fox

In early 1969, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce sponsored a contest to select a slogan for the town. Long-time St. Charles resident William R. Ross, who was 69 years old at the time, submitted the winning entry: “The Pride of the Fox.” He was awarded a contest certificate, $25 savings bond, and a photo in the newspaper. The City also held a ceremony awarding the top contestants at the Rainbow room of the Hotel Baker.

U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes the City for Hiring Veterans

Official Department of Labor Hire Vets Logo
City Receives HIRE Vets Medallion Award

For the third consecutive year, The U.S. Department of Labor presented the City of St. Charles with the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award. The award recognizes the City for employing military veterans, as part of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act).

Officer Jennifer Larsen is the Kane County Officer of the Year

Recognized for Saving the Life of a Baby

St. Charles Police Officer Jennifer Larsen is the Kane County Officer of the Year. Officer Larsen is recognized for saving the life of a baby in 2018 when responding to a 911 call for help.

Officer Larsen was presented with the special award Feb. 27, 2019, at Annual Kane County Officer of the Year banquet. The banquet is hosted by Batavia Moose Lodge 682 and the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association. She was nominated by St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan.

Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

The St. Charles Fire Department has retained Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for once again meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The St. Charles Fire Department is one of only 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. The Department was first accredited in 2013.

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