• Chief
  • Sergeant
  • Officer Klink
  • Officer Gates
  • Officer Edwards
  • Officer Hathcoat
  • Part-time
  • Auxiliary

Robert Smith has been working with the Genoa Police Department since 1995. His previous employment included the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Army. He grew up in the City of Genoa and attended school in Genoa. He feels this has helped him when assisting and talking with the people in the community.

Robert was promoted to Acting Chief in April of 2015, having been in the role of Sergeant since 2000. Robert is still the department's K9 Handler with his partner Kane. In his role of Sergeant, Robert was the Evidence Custodian for the department as well as a Juvenile Officer. He management and updated the department files during the accreditation process.

Robert is a graduate of the FBI National Academy #227, Northwestern Staff & Command #192 and has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Judson University. He is a member of the American Legion #337 of Genoa and helps assist with the coordination of the Memorial Day Parade.  Please feel free to contact Robert if you have any issues or concerns. 

Acting Chief Robert Smith
Badge # 701
Serving since 1995

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Ty Lynch proudly served his country as a military police officer for three years. Immediately following in November of 1988, Ty became a police officer with the City of Genoa and was promoted to Sergeant of Investigations in March of 1998. Ty accepted the role of Police Chief in the summer of 2010 and resigned from the position in April 2015.

Ty’s prior responsibilities with the Genoa Police Department include Juvenile Officer, Criminal Investigator, Firearms Instructor, and Training Coordinator. He graduated from Northwestern School of Staff and Command in 2001 and feels that good officers become great officers with the proper training and mentoring.

Ty is married to Tammy and together they have five children; Josh, Tanya, Jessica, Andrew, and Kayleigh. Ty chooses to reside in Genoa because he feels a strong commitment to the community as well as loving it and thinking of it as home.


Sergeant Ty Lynch
Badge # 702
Serving Since 1988

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Officer Klink Has been working for Genoa Police Department Since 1996, his previous employment includes the United states Marine Corps where he is still currently active in the reserves and Colonel of 2nd Battalion 24th Marines.

Officer Klink grew up in Sycamore, Illinois and graduated College from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. He has worked with Safe Kids and is an Advisor for the Genoa Kingston Explorer Post. Officer Klink has conducted numerous bike rodeos and bike safety classes.

Officer Klink is a Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol Officer and a Pistol and Rifle instructor. He has attended the Hazardous Material course, Critical incident course, and numerous other courses and is a member of the Illinois Tactical Officer Association.

He has received certificates of appreciations from the Alliance against Intoxicated Motorist and the North Central Narcotics Task Force.

Officer Klink is available for Bike safety, Stranger Danger, and other safety talks as requested. If you have any concerns or questions you may contact Officer Klink.

Officer John Klink

Badge # 704

Serving Since 1996

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Officer Victoria Gates

Badge # 705

Serving Since 2015

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My name is Greg Edwards. I have been a Police Officer with the City of Genoa since 1997. I spent one year with the Illinois State Police/North Central Narcotics Task Force as an undercover narcotics officer.

I am currently one of our Department's State Certified Gang Crime Specialist, Field Training Officer, and Bike Patrol Officer.

Some of the most recent training I have attended includes Critical Incident Management, Advanced Reid Interrogation School, and Supervisor School.

Officer Greg Edwards

Badge #706

Serving Since 1997

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Chris Hathcoat has been a member of the Genoa Police Department since 1999. He grew up in the City of Genoa and currently lives in the immediate area.

He attended First Christian Academy in Genoa and graduated from there in 1995. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL.

He holds State Certifications as a Juvenile Officer, School Resource Officer, Breathalyzer Operator, Critical Incident Management and Firearms Instructor.

His training allows him to better serve his community in dealing with problems that may arise.

His goals are to work with the youth of the community, build a positive raport with them, and be there for them when trouble comes their way.

Feel free to contact Officer Hathcoat if you have any questions or comments.

Officer Chris Hathcoat

Badge #709

Serving Since 1999

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Officer Tim Hoffstead
Badge #711
Serving Since 2013

Officer Joe Chavez

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Serving Since 2007

Officer Justin Moede

Badge #714

Serving Since 2013


Officer Glen Davenport

Badge #718

Serving Since 1997

Officer Howard Lyle

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Officer Richard Calligan

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Officer Greg Sullivan

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Officer Nick Garvey

Badge #725

Officer Jacob Heiser

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Officer Jimmy Lee

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