The City of Bloomington has turned to a retired State Police Lieutenant Colonel to head the department. Brendan Heffner of Bloomington has been named Police Chief after a seven month selection process. Heffner will start October 7th. Heffner graduated from Illinois State University, and was a patrolman with the Normal Police Department in the mid 1980s. Heffner had a variety of duties with the State Police including heading Task Force Six - a multi agency drug task force, the State Police Office of Labor Relations, the Terrorism Task Force, and second in command for all Statewide operations of the Division of Internal Investigations. He retired in 2010 and is now a safety and security specialist at State Farm Insurance. Heffner says he is excited to begin working with the great officers and staff of the department in his own community. City Manager David Hales says the field of candidates for Chief was excellent. Hales says Heffner is a champion of using technology to streamline the reporting functions of police and improve productivity. Heffner's salary will be $130,000 per year. He replaces a couple of interim Chiefs and the previous permanent Chief Randy McKinley who retired to take another position in Missouri.
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