Nearly three months in as Elgin Community College’s top cop, David Kintz can put away the breadcrumbs. If he ever needed directions anywhere on campus during his first two weeks at ECC, Kintz noted that everyone—students, faculty, staff or administrators—have been more than willing to point him in the right direction.
“The reality is that people have gone out of their way to introduce themselves to me and make me feel welcome,” said Kintz, who has served as the college’s police chief since Jan. 11. During that time, he has made efforts to be visible by participating in various college events and even getting an ECC library card.
Before arriving at ECC, Kintz served the St. Charles Police Department for 27 years in positions of increasing responsibility and authority, most recently as deputy chief. Throughout his career, he’s dealt with his share of major incidents, special events, budget preparation, dealing with area media as the department’s public information officer, and personnel issues.
Although Kintz retired from the St. Charles force in January, he knew he had more to contribute as a law enforcement professional. He learned about ECC through the seminars he attended here. As a member of the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association, which assisted the college with the recruitment process, he applied for the job when he saw the posting.
We caught up with Kintz to learn more about his life and his work at ECC. Here is what he had to say.
In your words, what do you do at ECC?
As chief, I am responsible for the overall management of our police department. This includes updating polices, ensuring our training program meets our needs, and overall campus safety and security.
What are the first priorities that you wish to accomplish at ECC?
I wanted to meet with each employee within the police department, which I have completed. I am continuing to review our policies and procedures.
Also, I look forward to meeting with college departments and student groups to see how the police department can help.
What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
Park in his parking space? (Don’t tell Dr. Sam that!)
If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
What’s on your “bucket list?”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy golf. I referee high school soccer. I have been assigned to a super sectional, so maybe a state final is not far behind.
Where was the best place you’ve traveled to?
England and Scotland. My mother-in-law was born in Oxford, England, and we saw where she grew up and met family overseas.
What’s one fact we should know about you?
I started out as a chemical engineering student in college. While I did not do so well at that, I was still able to use all of that math and science as an officer. I am also a crash reconstructionist, which is based on math and physics. When students ask when they will ever use this math or science again, I tell them they can be a cop.
Also, I also have two amazing kids and one incredible wife.
What’s something about your job that others should know?
We have an amazing staff of highly experienced officers working here. Police work is still one of the most fun and meaningful jobs you can have. (I am sure the faculty will call me on that point!)
What would be your “theme song?”
I will go with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. No back story. Just a great pump-up song before a game.
What was your favorite class in school?
In high school, I loved math and science.
What was your first job out of school?
I worked as a stock clerk at Osco until I went to the police academy.
What quote best describes your philosophy?
“It is wiser to find out than suppose.” - Mark Twain
Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because…”
Everyone here is always in a good mood.