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Police Chief to Retire

Post Date:04/05/2019 2:20 PM

Contact:     Police Administration 309-434-2350




BLOOMINGTON, IL– Police Chief Clay Wheeler announced today his intention to retire. His last working day is anticipated to be June 21. 

“When I became Chief in May 2018, I planned on serving in this capacity for some years,” explains Chief Wheeler. “However, serious family health issues have led me to change those plans. My wife was diagnosed with cancer a month after I took over as Chief, and while she is well on her way to recovery, her struggle with cancer has led me to this decision. It is time to put family first and go enjoy life.

“I have proudly served 31 years in Law Enforcement, 28 in the community in which I grew up,” Wheeler continues. “Bloomington is a fantastic place to grow up and a great place to raise a family. The Bloomington Police Department is full of dedicated professionals that will continue to proudly serve this fine community.”

“It is with regret that I’ve accepted Chief Wheeler’s retirement notice,” says City Manager Tim Gleason. “He has served this community well and led the department with honor and integrity. However, I understand family comes first. While this will be a time of transition for the department, I have full confidence in our dedicated team of public safety professionals.”