Peoria police chief remembers the last nine years

By Katherine Tellez

June 15, 2014 Updated Jun 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- He's at the front of the fight on crime in Peoria, but as of Sunday night, that fight is over.

Sunday is Peoria police chief Steve Settingsgaard's official last day on the job.

He's stepping down to take a job as Caterpillar's Regional Security Director for North America.

During his nine years as police chief Settingsgaard said his biggest accomplishment was the "Don't Shoot" initiative.

The anti-crime program takes repeat violent offenders off the street and provides help for those wanting to turn their lives around.

But his career wasn't without its share of controversy.

From a prostitution sting targeting a then councilman to receiving a "no confidence" vote from the Peoria Police Benevolent board in 2010 to the latest Twitter-gate scandal.

While he does have some regrets, Settingsgaard said he always did the right thing as he saw it.

"There can be kind of a misperception about these controversies and how it impacts the police department. What I found is that through many of these, they really spur a lot of community support," Settingsgaard said.

The search for the next chief continues.

Assistant Chief Jerry Mitchell will serve as interim chief.

Likely internal candidates to fill the position are Mitchell, Captain Mike Eddlemon, Captain Mike Scally and Captain Lisa Snow..

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