Bloomington Police Assistant Chief Clay Wheeler is expected to take the helm for outgoing Chief Brendan Heffner.
Wheeler has been with the department since 1991 and was a finalist in the last police chief search. Wheeler was a detective in the criminal investigations division for 13 years before he was promoted up the chain, eventually reaching assistant chief in 2011.
“I am very pleased to announce Assistant Chief Wheeler as our next Chief of Police,” said interim City Manager Steve Rasmussen. “He has served the community with dedication and integrity for over two decades, and I expect he will excel in the role of Chief. Our City is fortunate to have him here, ready to hit the ground running.”
Heffner is leaving the department to take a job as U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois. His last day on the job is this Friday, May 11.
Wheeler's appointment will be formally recognized during next Monday's city council meeting.