The Board of Fire & Police Commissioners was created in 1981 Pursuant to ILCS Ch. 65, Act 5, § 10-2.1-1. The Board appoints all officers of the Police Department, with the exception of the Police Chief, and participates in disciplinary proceedings when appropriate. Fire service in South Elgin is provided by a separate taxing entity, the South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District who has a commission of their own for appointing personnel.
The Board consists of three members appointed for three year terms by the Village President. Members of the commission include: Thomas Foster, Chairman; Mike Nohl and John Fialko.