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New Police Chief Appointment Anticipated May 14

Post Date:05/10/2018 1:30 PM


BLOOMINGTON, IL– Interim City Manager Steve Rasmussen anticipates appointing a new Police Chief on Monday, May 14. Assistant Chief Clay Wheeler is expected to take over for Chief Brendan Heffner after his retirement from Bloomington on Friday, May 11, serving as Acting Chief until the anticipated appointment as Chief on Monday. Wheeler has been with the Bloomington Police department since 1991 and was a finalist in the previous Police Chief search.

Assistant Chief Wheeler is a Bloomington native. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from College of the Ozarks. He served the police department of Lafayette, IN for three years before joining the BPD in 1991, where he has served as a third-shift patrolman, field-training officer and hostage negotiator with the crisis response team, and was a detective in the criminal investigation division for 13 years. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007, lieutenant in 2011, and Assistant Chief in 2011. He served as Interim Police Chief in 2013 after the departure of former Chief Randy McKinley.

 “I am very pleased to announce Assistant Chief Wheeler as our next Chief of Police,” explains Rasmussen. “He has served the community with dedication and integrity for over two decades, and I expect he will excel in the role of Chief. Our City is fortunate to have him here, ready to hit the ground running.”

Wheeler’s appointment as Chief of Police will be formally recognized during the Recognition/Appointments portion of Monday’s City Council meeting, which begins at 7 pm.