Bloomington selects new Police Chief

By WEEK Producer

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Retired Illinois State Police Lt. Col. Brendan Heffner of Bloomington was selected as Bloomington’s next Police Chief.

Monday's announcement followed a seven-month search process.

City Manager David Hales says that Heffner, 53, has lived in the community since 1978 and is a graduate of Illinois State University.

He was a patrolman and a detective with the Normal Police Department in the mid to late 1980s, and served in numerous positions with the Illinois State Police from 1989 until his retirement from the agency’s Division of Internal Investigation in 2010.

Since 2012, Heffner has been a safety and security specialist for State Farm Insurance Companies.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this role, especially after the intense selection process the candidates went through,” Heffner said. “I’m also excited to begin working with the great officers and staff of this department right here in my own community.”

Hales said Heffner will receive an annual salary of $130,000 and will begin his duties with the Bloomington Police Department October 7.

Interim Chief R.T. Finney announced last week that he would be leaving his post on September 27. Assistant Chief Clay Wheeler will oversee the department until Heffner takes over.