Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner was nominated Tuesday by President Donald Trump to serve as a U.S. Marshal.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Heffner would serve as the marshal for the Central District of Illinois. Heffner began as a patrolman with the Normal Police Department in 1985, later joining the Illinois State Police in 1989. He retired from ISP as a lieutenant colonel, and served in a security position with State Farm before he was hired as chief of the Bloomington Police Department in 2013.
“Through many years of service to Illinois, Brendan Heffner and Bradley Maxwell have demonstrated strong qualifications to serve as United States Marshals. We expect them to serve with professionalism, responsibility, and a clear focus on the mission of the Marshals Service. We look forward to seeing their nominations through the Senate," said U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin in a joint statement about Heffner and the nominee for the Southern District of Illinois.
“We congratulate Chief Brendan Heffner on being nominated to serve as the United States Marshal for the Central District of Illinois. Chief Heffner is an exemplary officer who started as a patrolman and rose through the ranks because of his love of service and dedication to the protecting our community," said U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis in a joint statement. "It is our belief that he will make an excellent U.S. Marshal and serve our country well, just as he’s served the Bloomington-Normal community and the state of Illinois for more than 30 years. We hope his nomination is approved quickly by the U.S. Senate.”
“While I am honored to have received this nomination, it still must be voted on and approved by the Senate, said Heffner in a statement. Heffner said the citizens of Bloomington and the officers of the Bloomington Police Department will continue to be his priority until the nomination is voted on by the Senate.
Heffner has a bachelor of science degree in mass communications from Illinois State University.