Bloomington's new police chief is now on the job. 53-year old Brendan Heffner met the public and city staff during a reception at police headquarters. The former state police investigator and beat cop for Normal says he's anxious to get started, but what's to take time to assess how the department runs.
"Meeting officers, seeing how the policies and procedures are carried out, seeing how we function. Then after that I'll be meeting with the assistant chiefs and we'll be talking about some things to see what we can do a little better, to tweak some things or address some problems."
Heffner, who spent four years as a state trooper, says he's not aware of any issues of conflict between Bloomington cops and state police. He says personality conflicts are bound to develop in any relationship. Heffner succeeds Randy McKinley, who left early this year to become police chief of St. Charles, Missouri. Bloomington has had two interim chiefs since January.
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