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BLOOMINGTON — A 15-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department has been named the temporary assistant chief of administration, a position vacated by Bob Wall earlier this month.

Lt. Ken Bays will serve in the position beginning Aug. 5 and will serve for 60 to 120 days, according to a news release issued Friday.

Police spokesman Dave White said the appointment process for a permanent assistant chief will wait until a permanent chief is selected.

The department has been without a permanent chief since Randy McKinley retired in January. Retired Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney is serving as interim chief while the city conducts a search.

Bays was hired at BPD in 1998 and is currently the commander of the department’s street crimes division.

Wall stepped down from his assistant chief position last week and apologized to the department in a letter for an incident in which he left the scene of a traffic accident on Oct. 3. He requested a demotion to lieutenant, which took effect July 12.

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