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BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner will end nearly five years at the helm of the city's police department at the end of this week.

"My last day will be Friday," said Heffner.

He will be sworn in as the new U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois on Monday at the federal courthouse in Peoria. 

A reception for Heffner is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in the Osborn Room at the Bloomington Police Department.

City officials said in a statement last month that they have discussed with Heffner "succession planning internally," so he is expecting a smooth transition in finding his replacement. Heffner could not say Tuesday who will be named interim or permanent chief.

"Chief Heffner began serving the police department and the citizens of Bloomington during the month of October 2013," said a BPD news statement. "During this time he has served on numerous committees and has worked hard to connect with the officers and citizens." 

Heffner said he plans to continue living in Bloomington even after he assumes the federal law enforcement post for the district, which has federal courthouses in Rock Island, Peoria, Springfield and Urbana.

Heffner, 57, formerly served with the Normal Police Department and then went onto the Illinois State Police, where he retired. He then worked as a safety and security specialist for State Farm before the city hired him as chief.

Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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