Latest: 5:00 pm, 7/12/17, Wednesday
RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — The village has a new police chief, but not everyone’s happy about how he was appointed.
Tony Brown was recently named chief. He lives in town and has 28-years of policing experience, including as deputy chief for UIPD.
Still, the group, Concerned Citizens of Rantoul, say the police department handled the search poorly. They say it didn’t give people a chance to voice opinions about what they wanted in a new chief.
The group took its concerns to village leaders. They say they think they’ve been heard and hope village leaders will do a better job going forward. They add they think Brown will do a good job.
Update: 10:05 pm, 7/11/17, Tuesday
RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — The village has formally appointed Tony Brown as its new police chief. He was selected top cop last month, but the board had to vote.
Brown has 28-years experience in policing. He currently serves as deputy chief for UIPD.
He was also a village trustee for several years. Brown will be sworn in August 1.
Original: 2:45 pm, 6/15/17, Thursday
RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — The village picked a long-time resident to be the new police chief.
Leaders spent the past month combing through applicants. They said they had more than twice the number of candidates than they did the last time they chose a chief.
So, after going through a pool of more than 40, they now have their guy. Tony Brown got the call Thursday morning and accepted the job.
Brown has 28-years of experience in policing and currently serves as deputy chief for UI Police. He was also a village trustee for several years. He says he’s excited to serve his hometown in this new role.
The village board of trustees will meet next week to formally appoint him chief. Leaders also held a community meet-and-greet last Tuesday. The village administrator says the feedback from that was very positive.