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Bloomington Names 2 Police Chief Finalists

Bloomington Police Department entrance
Amy Niebur
Bloomington will hold a community open house for two police chief finalists next week.

A search committee has named two finalists for Bloomington’s police chief position.
BPD co-interim chief Dan Donath and Parkland College Police Chief William Colbrook will take part in a community meet-and-greet Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Donath has been with the Bloomington Police Department since 1994 and has served in a variety of roles. He served as first shift sergeant prior to being named assistant chief last year. City Manager Tim Gleason named Donath and assistant chief Greg Scott in June as interim chiefs during the search process.

Colbrook is a retired Illinois State Police captain who began his law enforcement career in Pontiac. He worked for ISP for 26 years and has led the police department at Parkland College in Champaign the last five years.

Clay Wheeler announced his retirement as Bloomington Police Chief in April after 28 years with the department and the last year as chief.

Gleason named a search committee of city and community leaders which reviewed applications and interviewed eight candidates from among more than 60 applicants.

The city encourages the public to attend the open house style meet-and-greet and provide input on the finalists.

Gleason said he plans to announce his final selection in late August or early September.

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