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Retired ISP officer to be Bloomington police chief

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 3:01 p.m. CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The city of Bloomington has a new police chief.

Retired Illinois State Police Lt. Col. Brendan Heffner will take the job starting Oct. 7. The city named Heffner to the position on Monday after a seven-month search and two interim police chiefs.

Heffner is 53-years-old and currently works as a safety and security specialist for State Farm Insurance Cos. He also has worked with Normal Police Department. Heffner replaces Bloomington's last permanent police chief, Randy McKinley, who retired in January.

Heffner will be paid about $130,000. He said in a statement that he's "honored to have been chosen."

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