Outgoing Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell has been with the Peoria Police Department for nearly three decades.
Here is a summary of his career history from a 2014 City of Peoria press release:
As a Peorian for nearly thirty years, Chief Mitchell began his career with the Peoria Police Department as a Police Recruit in October of 1990 and advanced to the rank of Police Officer in October of 1991. He progressed through the ranks, attaining the rank of Sergeant in September of 1999, Lieutenant in September of 2008, Captain in November of 2009 and Assistant Chief in May of 2013. Chief Mitchell has served as Acting Chief since Chief Settingsgaard left the Department in June of this year. Chief Mitchell has served in the Training, Patrol, Vice and Narcotics, Information, Field Training, and Support Services Divisions. He is on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association, has served on the Peoria Police Department Pension Board, and is a member of the International Association of Hostage Negotiators. Chief Mitchell graduated from Bradley University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice and Sociology. He is active in the community, coaching the Peoria Girls Sports League youth softball travel team and Peoria Park District youth baseball league.
Mitchell is stepping down from the department. The Peoria Journal Star reports the move is coming amid a reported investigation into his alleged inappropriate behavior with a female subordinate.