The East Peoria City Council will consider approving a separation agreement for Fire Chief William Darin at its meeting this Tuesday night.  The separation agreement for retirement would take effect at the end of the month.  Darin has led East Peoria’s Fire Department for six years.  City officials say Darin will be paid a severance package as part of the agreement.

Pekin police chief retiring

Jan 26, 2015

Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson is retiring next month after 20 years with the city. Nelson is joining a California-based search firm that helps cities hire police chiefs. Pekin is currently crafting a process to pick a permanent replacement for Chief Nelson. Two Pekin Deputy Chiefs will lead daily operations until a replacement is chosen. 

Eddlemon picked for Assistant Peoria Police Chief

Sep 25, 2014

Peoria City Police Captain Mike Eddlemon is now the department’s Assistant Chief. Eddlemon served has as interim assistant chief since early July. He joined the department in 1992 and served positions including Criminal Investigations, Vice, and the Street Crimes Unit. Eddlemon’s new duties include leading the city’s anti-violence program known as Don’t Shoot.

Washington council OKs new fire board appointee

Jul 14, 2014

The City of Washington wants to double its representation on the area fire board.  Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports the move comes following public criticism of board operations:

Washington residents voice support for fire chief

Jul 7, 2014

The Washington City Council heard from dozens of residents in support of keeping Fire Chief Mike Vaughn at his post. An independent board voted NOT to renew Vaughn's contract and let it expire this month. Residents say the independent fire board lacks oversight. Some urged the city to dissolve the board and instead take over fire department operations.  But Washington Mayor Gary Manier says that isn't currently an option: