Charles A. Gruber’s career in law enforcement spans four decades with 32 years as a Chief of Police. He served as Chief of Police in Quincy Illinois, (1976-1986) Shreveport, Louisiana (1986-1990), Elgin, Illinois (1990-1998), and South Barrington, Illinois (1999-2008), He then opened a private practice of Police Consulting. He is a Past President of International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. Gruber works as a consultant and expert witness for law enforcement issues at the local, regional and national levels. He is retained by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division since 2001 to investigate alleged pattern & practice abuses in law enforcement including the Cincinnati, Ohio, Miami, Florida, Schenectady, New York, Providence, Rhode Island, Austin, Texas, Maricopa County, Arizona, New Orleans, Louisiana, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and Puerto Rico police departments. Like much of his work, the DOJ reviews include assessments of officer-involved shootings and excessive use of force issues. Mr. Gruber also consults on a variety of policing issues including all police use of force issues, policy development, implementation, and compliance monitoring.
From 2003 thru 2010, Mr. Gruber was 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 Department. In 2010 he served in a similar capacity to monitor compliance with the consent decree between the United States Department of Justice and the Virgin Islands Government. In 2014, he was appointed, and currently serves, as Monitor of the consent decree. The agreement required reform of the police practices of the Virgin Islands Police Department including training, supervision, use of force investigation, reporting and accountability systems, and internal investigations including citizen complaints.
Mr. Gruber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College, and a Master’s Degree in Police Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, FBI’s LEEDS, and the FBI’s National Executive Institute as well as a graduate of the University of Louisville Administration Officers Course, Southern Police Institute.
Chuck and his wife, Linda, live in St. Charles, Illinois. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Chuck continues to devote time to fundraising for local charitable and civic organizations and in his spare time can be found on the golf course.
Chuck can be contacted directly via email at: