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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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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