AELE Expert Witness/Litigation Consultant Listing

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Name: Charles A. Gruber

Birth date: 3/24/47

Current employer: CAG Consulting

Address: 6N302 Ferson Woods Drive, St. Charles, IL 60175

Telephone: (630) 762-1095



(1) Relevant prior and part time employment, with dates:


·       Federal Monitor, Oakland California Police Dept., 2003-present. Appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of a team of legal and policing experts to monitor compliance with the negotiated settlement agreement between the City of Oakland, California and private plaintiffs pertaining to pattern and practice claims filed against the Oakland Police Dept.


·       U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 2001-present. Consultant and member of DOJ investigation team studying, reporting and recommending remediation to alleged excessive use of force and other civil rights violations by the Cincinnati, Ohio Police Division; the Miami, Florida Police Dept.; the Providence, Rhode Island Police Dept.; and the Schenectady, New York Police Dept.. Investigate the policies, procedures and practices of each of these police agencies to identify strengths and weaknesses of critical aspects of policing practices; Offer recommendations for systemic and/or procedural changes.


·       Chief of Police, South Barrington, Illinois 1999-2008


·       Chief of Police, Elgin, Illinois 1990-1998


·       Chief of Police, Shreveport, Louisiana 1986 – 1990


·       Chief of Police, Quincy, Illinois 1976-1986


·       Instructor, Criminal Justice Program, Elgin Community College


·       Adjunct Professor, Southern Police Institute & University of St. Francis


(2) Degrees and relevant special training:


  • MBA - Police Administration
  • Graduate, FBI National Academy
  • BA Degree, Psychology
  • Graduate, Police Science & Administration, Southern Police Institute
  • Graduate, Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, FBI Academy
  • Graduate, national Executive Institute, FBI Academy
  • Graduate, State of Illinois Executive Development Seminar, University of Illinois
  • Over 2,000 hours of additional certified schooling, including all areas of Labor Relations, Administrative Management, Administrative Law, Police Productivity, Criminal Investigation, Crime Suppression, and others.


(3) Other professional activities, etc.


  • 1990 President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police representing more than 13,000 police executives in 83 countries.
  • 1982 President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. As president, formed the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois to bring private sector citizens and police together.
  • 1986 - Present - Chairman of International Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Standards Committee


(4) Retainer information:


      Approximate number of times retained by claimant’s counsel: 3

      Approximate number of times retained by defense counsel: 11


(5) Names, addresses and telephone numbers of attorneys who may be contacted as references:


Jeremy Margolis
321 No. Clark Street, Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone 312-464-3167

Wayne Schmidt
Executive Director
841 W. Touhy Ave.
Park Ridge IL 60068
Telephone (800) 763-2802

Mike Kanovitz

Law Office of Loevy & Loevy

312 N. May Street #100

Chicago, IL 60607


Richard Williams
Corporation Counsel (Retired)
Village of Hoffman Estates, IL


(6) Publications that contain your paid advertisements (since 1996): N/A


(7) Usual and customary fee: $150 - $250 per hour for review and opinion to counsel; additional for written opinion, sworn affidavit, court testimony


(8) Areas of Expertise and Experience*


Note - Letter codes used in front of the subject mean:
[ T ] Testified in court or at depositions on the subject;
[ R ] Retained as a consultant, but have not testified on the subject.
[ Q ] Qualified to testify or consult on the subject, but have not served as a paid consultant.


(T) Administrative negligence (failure to direct, inadequate supervision)

(T) Agency policies, practices and customs

(T) Deadly force; shooting avoidance and alternative

(T) Employment discrimination (hiring/promotions) or sexual harassment

(T) Insufficient or inadequate training

(T) Psychological screening of employees

(T) Retention of a known unfit employee or negligent entrustment of a weapon

(T) Standards for discipline, internal affairs procedures, (in)adequate punishment

(T) Vehicle pursuit & emergency response policies & techniques


* Includes cases where I testified as a police official and not as a privately retained expert.


(9) Types of cases you will not accept.


I will review with counsel, however, I am very particular about the cases I accept.


(10) Other information relevant in evaluating your services (publications, awards, achievements, special interests).


Professional Achievements


• Board of Directors. Northwest Police Academy, Arlington Heights, Illinois, January 2001-present. Current chair of the Northwest Police Academy Foundation.


• Committee Member.  The Constitution Project. National Committee to Prevent Wrongful Executions. Washington DC, 2000- 2003.


• Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Standards Committee, 1996-present.


• Professional Advisory Board. Chicago Crime Commission, November 2000-present.


• Board of Directors. Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, 1991-present.


Media Recognition/Publications


• Authored “A Chief’s Role in Prioritizing Civil Rights,” in Police Chief magazine, published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Volume LXXI, Number 11, November 2004.


• Authored “The Death Penalty: One Chief’s Thoughts,” published in the Law Enforcement Executive Forum by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board’s Executive Institute, Special Edition, Vol. 4, No. 6, October 2004.


• Hosted bi-monthly WRMN radio program, “Issues in Policing” 1990-1998.


• Appeared on the WGN, “People to People Show” to discuss Community Oriented Policing and Elgin’s newly developed Resident Officer Program.


• Received national media attention (Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, ABC, Tony Brown’s Journal) for both his model handling of a race riot and his handling of the drug problem in Shreveport.


• Featured in March 1990 issue of Readers’ Digest as subject of a story on American Heroes.


• Appeared on Phil Donahue Show on two occasions and ABCs Last Word in 1982 before an international audience to address questions concerning law enforcement.


• Appeared on WBBM-TV, Chicago, with an audience of over 6 million people, to discuss the law enforcement position on the Exclusionary Rule.




• International Association of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award, 1998.


• National League of Cities Community Policing Award, 1997.


• Honorary Member of Crime Prevention Editorial Advisory Board, 1994. Selected for his involvement in crime prevention and significant contributions to the safety and security of the American public.


• Order of Merit Award, University of Louisville Alumni Association, Louisville, Kentucky, 1991.


• Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, U.S. Marshals’ Service, 1989. Selected as the single outstanding law enforcement officer in the nation.


Liberty Bell Award, Shreveport Bar Association, 1989. Given for outstanding community service. The first law enforcement official ever to receive the award.


• Paul Lynch Award, Caddo Community Action Agency, 1989. Given in memory of an outstanding black judge to the individual who has done the most to promote racial harmony in the community. The first white ever to receive the award.


• 1989 Image Award, given by the Shreveport-Bossier Advertising Federation to the person or event that does the most to promote Shreveport-Bossier to the world in a positive way.


• Boss of the Year Award, 1984, Quincy Charter Chapter of the American Business Woman Association.


• Recognition by Governor of Illinois for outstanding and dedicated service to the citizens of Illinois, 1982.


• Recognition by Illinois Law Enforcement Commission for outstanding service, 1975.


• Meritorious Service Award, Addison Police Dept., 1974.


• Award of Excellence, Addison Police Dept., 1973 and 1971.


• Jaycee of the Year, Addison Jaycees, 1972.


• Distinguished Service Award, Addison Police Dept., 1970.




• Born March 24, 1947

• Married - three Children.

• Military U.S.M.C. Sgt. E-5, 1964-68

• Health - excellent

• Enjoy golfing



Additional Training


  • Basic Law Enforcement, University of Illinois, 7/8-8/2/68.
  • Criminal Procedures, Chicago Kent College, 7/1/69.
  • Leads Machine, Illinois Communications School, 3/26-27/69.
  • Police Driving, Cook County Driving School, 11/10-14/69.
  • Breath-Alcohol Testing, University of Illinois 5/18-29/70.
  • Police Supervision, University of Illinois 5/18-29/70.
  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure, DuPage Law Enforcement Comm. (S.A.) 5/25/70.
  • Police Firearms Instructor, University of Illinois, 10/12-16/70.
  • Cert. Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Marksmanship Instructor, NRA 12/14/70-4/16/71.
  • Illinois Conference of Police Community Relations 5/22-23/72.
  • Criminal Law and Procedures Clinic, Village of Addison 8/29-9/28/72.
  • Drug Enforcement, Bureau of Narcotics 12/23-26/86.
  • Chemistry, Psychology & Physiology of Dangerous Drugs, Elmhurst College 1/3-31/72.
  • Y.O. Manual Educational Seminar, University of Illinois (W. Chicago) 2/22/73.
  • Domestic Crisis Intervention, Government Pers. Const. (Riverside) 3/24/73.
  • Police School-Community Relations National Workshop, Flint, Michigan 4/5/73.
  • Abnormal Behavior, Government Pers. Const., Park Ridge, 4/26/73.
  • Officer in Court - “Evidence for the Police”, Chicago Kent College, 12/1/73.
  • Leadership Seminar, Leadership in Action, 2/16/74.
  • Police Science/Administration, SPI, University of Louisville 8/19-11/22/74.
  • DUI Update, Secretary of State, 2/17/82.
  • 31st Annual Retraining Conference, SPI, 7/82.
  • Medical Death/Crime Scene Investigation, W. Central IL Criminal Justice Council, 1/22/83.
  • 32nd Annual Retraining Conference, Southern Police Institute, 7/26-29/83.
  • Executive Development, Disaster Preparedness, West Central Illinois Criminal Justice Council, 11/9-10/83.
  • Appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s “Working Group on Reducing Violence in America in America” committee, 1989.
  • Selected for the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, 1989. Appointed with a small group of leaders throughout the nation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to participate in a special armed services orientation.
  • Appointed by Governor of Illinois to highest Law Enforcement Commission and Council to aid the people of the state, 1977-1980.
  • Member, National Law Enforcement Advisory Board for Law Enforcement Explorers.
  • Worked with U.S. Marshal’s office to obtain funding for $150,000 for Shreveport City Jail renovations.
  • Completely reorganized the Shreveport Police Dept. through IACP management task force over a several year period.
  • Instrumental in spearheading and implementing new E-99 system for Caddo Parish.
  • Implemented a complete new computerized Police Management Information System.
  • Member, Northwest Criminal Justice Council.
  • Principal Member, North Central Narcotics Task Force.
  • Member of Kane County Task Force on Drinking and Driving.
  • President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, 1982. As President, formed the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois to bring private sector citizens and police together.
  • Criminal Justice Information Council 1977-1983.
  • Dangerous Drugs Advisory Council 1977-1981.
  • Vice-Chairman of Governors Law Enforcement Advisory Committee on Legislation 1981-1982.
  • Illinois Local Governmental Law Enforcement Officers Training Board 1983-1986.
  • Governor’s Task Force on Prison Overpopulation, 1983.
  • Law Enforcement Advisory Commission, appointed by Illinois Attorney General 1982-1983.
  • Vice-Chairman of Illinois Attorney General’s Rural Crime Committee.
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court of Illinois to the Committee to Review Provisions of the Supreme Court Rules 1981-1986.
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee 1980-1986.
  • Law Enforcement Advisory Committee 1982-1983.
  • Member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee for Central Illinois 1982-1986.
  • Chairman of the U.S. Attorney General’s Rural Crime Committee 1982-1986.



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