Bloomington unveils Police Chief finalists

By Chad Weber

August 2, 2013 Updated Aug 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Leadership, professionalism, and experience.

All qualities the city of Bloomington is looking for in its next Police Chief.

Friday night the top six candidates to fill that position were introduced to the public for the first time.

Applicants participated in several panels earlier in the day including a city panel, community stakeholders panel, and a diversity panel.

The candidates hail from as far as Michigan and as close as the city of Bloomington itself.

"Basically I have the institutional knowledge of the Police Department and the community for that matter," said current Assistant Police Chief of Bloomington Clay Wheeler." I know the personnel. I know their strengths and weaknesses, helps with making assignments."

"I have a series of skill sets that I feel would be appropriate for this city and this community," said Ken Magee, a retired officer from the Ann Arbor PD in Michigan. "You will see a Chief of Police that is engaged, work hard, and do whatever he can to make the community safer."

The candidates will continue assessments Saturday conducted by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

The city hopes to make a hire by the end of August.

Fifty original candidates were narrowed down to six.
The final candidate list is as follows:

Brendan Heffner -- Bloomington, IL
Ken Magee -- Ann Arbor, MI
James (Jim) O'Grady -- Chicago, IL
Maurice (Maury) Richards -- Chicago, IL
Clay Wheeler -- Bloomington, IL
Darryl Winston -- Milwaukee, WI