Farewell to the chief

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler, right, receives congratulations from Assistant Police Chief Dan Donath during Wheeler's retirement party Friday, June 21, 2019, at the police station. Wheeler's retirement concludes a 31-year law enforcement career. Donath and Assistant Police Chief Greg Scott will share the duties and title of interim chief until a replacement for Wheeler is found.

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Assistant Police Chief Dan Donath and Parkland College Police Chief William Colbrook have been named as the two finalists to be considered as the city's next police chief.

The new chief is expected to be announced in late August or early September.

City Manager Tim Gleason previously said that more than 40 candidates from across the United States had applied.

A community meet-and-greet with the finalists will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Colbrook is a retired Illinois State Police captain who began his law enforcement career in Pontiac, retiring in 2013. He became chief in 2014 at Parkland College, Champaign. 

Donath has served in a variety of roles with Bloomington Police Department since beginning his career with the department in 1994. 

He was appointed police chief in May 2018 and succeeded Brendan Heffner, who retired to become U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois.

The recruitment process has included a community forum hosted by the Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) and interviews by a selection committee made up of Gleason, Heffner, Economic Development Director Melissa Hon, McLean County State’s Attorney Don Knapp, committee Chairman Art Taylor and Deputy City Manager Billy Tyus.

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


Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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