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Donath Promoted To BPD Assistant Chief

Clay Wheeler and Dan Donath
Bloomington Police Department
Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler, right, with new Assistant Chief Dan Donath.

Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler has promoted a sergeant to his old job overseeing the Office of Professional Standards.

Dan Donath has been promoted to assistant police chief, effective immediately. Donath previously served as first shift sergeant. The Illinois State University grad has held several other positions since joining BPD in 1994, including detective, crime scene investigator, and patrol officer.

Wheeler previously held the assistant chief position over Professional Standards. Wheeler was promoted to chief in May after Brendan Heffner retired to become a U.S. marshal.

"(Donath) has served BPD with distinction. We believe our community partners will be excited to work with him in his new capacity," Wheeler said in a statement.

Donath's new position oversees several areas, including Office of Professional Standards sergeant (handling citizen complaints, internal investigations, backgrounds for potential new hires for police and fire), the communications center (dispatch), the training division (including field training of new officers), work with the Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB), and the BPD range.

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Ryan Denham is the digital content director for WGLT.
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