Gleason creates committee to assist in police chief search

City Manager Tim Gleason is expected to name a new police chief this summer. (WJBC File Photo)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has named a five member committee that will assist him in the search for the next police chief.

The committee consists of Brendan Heffner, U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois and a former Bloomington police chief; Melissa Hon, Bloomington’s economic development director; Don Knapp, McLean County State’s Attorney; Art Taylor, Public Safety and Community Relations Board chairman; Billy Tyus, Bloomington deputy city manager.

“I am pleased this group of individuals has agreed to assist me in this very important selection process.  Each one of them brings a unique perspective to the table,” said Gleason Wednesday in a release.

Chief Clay Wheeler retired last month after serving 28 years in the city.

Gleason said a community meet-and-greet will be held with finalists later in the selection process.  Gleason is expected to name his final hire later this summer.

Assistant chiefs Greg Scott and Dan Donath are currently splitting time as interim chief.

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