Bloomington Police Chief Selection Announced
City Manager Tim Gleason announced Dan Donath as his selection for Bloomington’s next Police Chief at a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday, August 28 at 11:15 am.
Dan Donath began his career with the Bloomington Police department in 1994 and has served in a variety of roles. He became an Assistant Chief in 2018 and most recently split the duties of Interim Bloomington Police Chief.
The Police Chief recruitment process began earlier this summer and included a community forum hosted by the Public Safety and Community Relations Board and interviews by a selection committee made up of, alphabetically: City Manager Tim Gleason; U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois Brendan Heffner; City of Bloomington Economic Development Director Melissa Hon; McLean County State’s Attorney Don Knapp; Public Safety and Community Relations Board Chairman Art Taylor; and Deputy City Manager Billy Tyus. A community meet-and-greet with the final two candidates was held last week.
“I am very pleased with this process and its outcome,” explains City Manager Gleason. “We had a group of very strong candidates to consider, and I truly know Mr. Donath is ready to lead and excel in his new role. I thank the community for their participation in the selection. It is up to all of us to offer our support to the new Chief and the entire Bloomington Police department.”
Donath will assume the duties of Police Chief immediately, with a formal swearing in ceremony to follow on September 9.