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 Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.