Bloomington police chief nominated for US Marshal

Brendan Heffner
Brendan Heffner has been police chief of Bloomington since 2013.
(WJBC file photo)

By Greg Halbleib

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner is President Trump’s choice to become U.S. Marshal for Central Illinois.

Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Heffner’s nomination on Tuesday.

Heffner began his career in law enforcement in 1985 as a patrolman in Normal. He moved to the Illinois State Police in 1989 where he worked in drug interdiction, internal affairs, labor relations and counterterrorism, and also supervised a narcotics task force comprised of several agencies. Heffner retired from the state police in 2010 as a lieutenant colonel and was hired as Bloomington police chief in 2013.

The Senate Judiciary Committee must approve the nomination before sending it to the full Senate.

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