Monday, November 26, 2012

Plainfield Police Chief Jeff Mitny will start new career as pilot

Jeff Mitny, shown in 2006, started flying at age 16. He is retiring Nov. 30 as Plainfield police chief to become a pilot for executives.

Plainfield Police Chief Jeff Mitny will retire from police work Nov. 30. 

But he isn't ready to head to Florida just yet. Mitny, who started flying lessons at age 16, has a new job as a private pilot, transporting executives to and from their destinations.

The 1974 Northwest High School graduate has been with the Plainfield Police Department just three months shy of 25 years and has been police chief since 2006.

He said he has most enjoyed "helping the community stay safe and making it a good community for people to raise their kids."

Mitny, 56, pointed to three significant achievements in his career: starting as a patrolman and working his way up to chief, keeping all of his officers and employees in their jobs during the downed economy, and keeping the department in the forefront of technology.

"Personally, I'm excited about the new career I'm starting. I also look forward to spending more time with my wife (Linda) and being able to do things with my family," Mitny said.

While he'll miss being police chief, he said, "I think Darel (Krieger) is an excellent choice for chief. I think the department will be in great hands."

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