One of the candidates who lost out to incoming Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner says he thinks the ex-Town of Normal cop and state police investigator will do a good job heading up BPD. Assistant Chief Clay Wheeler was one of the five finalists who were beaten out by Heffner. Wheeler was the lone internal candidate for the post, but says Heffner is likely to avoid pitfalls that sometimes mar efforts of police administrators hired from outside.
"I think he'll be a good chief. He'll be fair. When some outsiders have come in they just tried to take over, and weren't necessarily fair, or anything like that. So, if he avoids those kind of pitfalls, which I have the utmost confidence he's going to do, he'll be just fine."
Wheeler served two stints as acting chief for Bloomington, once in January after Randy McKinley departed the post for a job in Missouri, and again just before Heffner's hiring. In between he spent time in upper-management training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Wheeler is a 22-year member of the department.
(pictured: new Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner with his family)
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