Monmouth has hired a new police chief. He is Bill Feithen. Feithen has been with the DeKalb Police Department for 37 years. He served as the city's police chief for the last 11 years.
City Administrator Eric Hanson said Feithen distinguished himself during the evauations.
He said, “We had three chiefs of police that did an assessment of all the top candidates and provided a recommendation to us. And Chief Feithen was the unanimous recommendation by his peers as the right person to move our department forward.”
The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police assisted the city during its screening and a day-long set of evaluation exercises.
Hanson said Feithen brings a combination of knowledge and experience to the job the department has not had before.
Feithen will start his new job on February 27th.
The city council also promoted Lt. Joe Switzer to Deputy Chief. He is a 17 year veteran of the force. Hanson said Switzer tested well during the evaluations and might some day become chief.