Jeff VenHuizen will be Rock Island’s new police chief starting Monday, City Manager Thomas Thomas announced Wednesday afternoon.
VenHuizen currently is deputy chief of police for Rock Island and has served in the city’s Police Department since 1993.
The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in City Council Chambers.
“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,” Thomas said in a news release. “Mr. VenHuizen’s leadership in the department and his commitment to community policing made him the best choice.”
VenHuizen has worked in a variety of positions in the Police Department, including: police officer, K-9 officer, field training officer, sergeant, narcotics supervisor, agent for Office of Professional Standards, lieutenant, lieutenant of Administrative Technical Services Bureau and deputy chief.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (2010) and the Northwestern School of Police Staff & Command (2008) and received an associate of applied science degree from Blackhawk College (1991). He is completing his undergraduate degree in law enforcement from Western Illinois University.