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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.