Jeff VenHuizen has been named Rock Island's new chief of police.
He is being promoted from his position as deputy police chief to replace Scott Harris who left Nov. 2 to head Western Illinois University's police force in Macomb.
"We did a nation-wide search, and determined that the best candidate for police chief was someone who had worked his way up through our police department," Rock Island city manager Thomas Thomas said.
"Mr. VenHuizen's leadership in the department, and his commitment to community policing, made him the best choice."
A member of the police department since 1993, Deputy Chief VenHuizen will be sworn in as chief at 9 a.m., Monday, in Rock Island City Council chambers.
"I am extremely grateful to the city manager, mayor, and the council for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Rock Island as their chief of police," Deputy Chief VenHuizen said.
A statement from the city said Deputy Chief VenHuizen established a crime suppression unit this year to take a proactive approach to combating criminal activity through enforcement efforts that focus on solving problems, not just responding to them.
"I am proud of the partnerships that have been built between the community and police department," Deputy Chief VenHuizen said. "It's through these partnerships that we can reduce crime, build further trust, and enhance the quality of life in our community."
Deputy Chief VenHuizen has worked in a variety of positions at the Rock Island Police Department including police officer, K-9 officer, sergeant, narcotics supervisor, lieutenant and deputy chief of police.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Black Hawk College.
This article was edited Dec. 6 to correct the time of the swearing-in ceremony.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.