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Normal names new chief of police

Written by on April 13, 2022

Photo courtesy of Town of Normal

NORMAL, Ill.–Monday morning  the town of Normal City Manager Pamela Reece released the decision of selecting Steve Petrilli to be the next chief of police for the Normal Police Department.

Petrilli becomes the 17th chief of police for the NPD since 1925. The duty of Petrilli is to lead officers to protecting the rights and property of those who live, work and visit the community. He replaces Rick Bleichner, NPD chief of police since 2011.

Reece goes into detail why Petrilli was chosen for the position.

“Steve has been with the NPD since 1999 and is a proven leader with experience in many different roles. He has helped shape the police department’s strong culture of professionalism, integrity and service. The NPD and the Town of Normal will benefit from Steve’s vision, experience and passion to provide exceptional service to our community,” said Reece.

Petrilli joined the Town of Normal Police Department in 1999. During his tenure, he’s worked as a patrol officer, recruiter, field training officer, Emergency Response Unit team member
and as a K-9 handler.

“I appreciate the trust City Manager Reece has placed in me to lead this exceptional department. “Engagement in our community is vital and will remain an area of focus for the department,” said Petrilli.

Bleichner’s last official day in the office is April 22.