RI police chief leaving post for job at WIU


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Posted Online: Oct. 09, 2012, 7:25 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com
Rock Island Police Department Chief Scott Harris will be leaving the position Nov. 2 to head Western Illinois University's police force in Macomb.

"I'm leaving one good organization for another one," said Chief Harris, who is scheduled to start Nov. 5 as director of the Office of Public Safety at WIU's Macomb campus and will lead 24 officers.

Chief Harris said he hopes to use Rock Island's community policing approach. He noted city officers have become involved in Rock Island beyond the basic expectations, serving as youth mentors for at-risk young people.

Rock Island has seen significant reductions in crime during recent years, Chief Harris said. He said he never would have considered leaving if he thought the city and its officers still needed his help.

"These guys know what they are doing," he said.

He said he will miss the job and would have liked to seen the completion of the department's accreditation through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley on Tuesday said Chief Harris notified the city a few days ago about his decision. "He's been a great chief," the mayor said. "He's done an excellent job."

Chief Harris joined the Rock Island Police Department in 1982 at age 23. The Quad-Cities native was a corrections officer with the East Moline Correctional Center and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a police officer.

An interim replacement will be named for Chief Harris as Rock Island conducts a national search for a permanent replacement, Mayor Pauley said. Details still were being ironed out Tuesday, he said.




















 



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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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