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The Chillicothe Police Department has few records available from the early years of its inception. There was a town marshal employed by the city. Usually, the town marshal was actually a secondary position held by the town water commissioner and street superintendent. In most cases, the marshal was the only full-time city employee.
Police Chief Tooney Moreland was responsible for getting the cities first police car, though it didn’t even have radio communications. The first emergency communication’s used in a Chillicothe squad car was put in place when Chief Wagner sweet talked Dr. Green out of his radio he used to received calls while duck hunting. Chief Wagner then gave the radio to Harold Kent, who ran Kent’s cab, into handling police calls in between taxi runs. Chief Moreland was also responsible (along with the help of Bob Munk, Earl Fulton, and a few citizens) for the police department’s office being built in the rear of the city hall building.
Under Chief Maurer, the longest tenured police Chief in Chillicothe history, the department has grown to 9 full-time officers. A K9 position, along with two juvenile officers, three sergeants, two evidence officers. In 1993 the current police facility was opened featuring the latest emergency 911 communications.
In 2012 Scott Mettille left the Peoria Heights Police Department where he served as Deputy Chief and became the newest Chillicothe Police Chief. Chief Mettille brought updated computers to the police department, added a detective position, bicycle unit, and a school resource officer. Chief Mettille has implemented a new records program along with bringing Chillicothe a monthly neighborhood watch meeting at City Hall. The squad cars received a new up to date look on the outside as well as state of the art in-car camera’s that automatically upload to servers at the police station.
Chillicothe Police Department now features multiple up to date squad cars, each equipped with speed radar, a mobile data terminal, in-car cameras, and Automated External Defibrillator.
In 2017, our 911 communication center was combined with the Peoria Heights Police Department meeting the 2015 State of Illinois mandate. The police department lobby is equipped with a phone that automatically calls the dispatch center when picked up.
History of Chiefs
|Burner, James||1900-1901||Day Marshal|
|VanDusen, Issac||1903-1904||City Marshal|
|Wilkey, A.C.||1905-1907||City Marshal|
|Colwel, Frank||1907-1909||Day Marshal|
|Kirkland, Harvey||1909-1918||Day Marshal|
|Carroll, James||1918-1921,1922-23||Day/City Marshal|
|Merrit, John||1921,1925-1929||Day/City Marshal|
|Semter, Charles||1923-1924,1944||Day/City Marshal|
|Montonye, Joe||1929-1932||City Marshal|
|Todd, William||1929||City Marshal (appointed and later rejected by city council)|
|Nelson, Harley||1933-1934,1949||Day Marshal/Superindendant of Police|
|Beaumont, Cecil||1935-1949||City Marshal|
|Sweeney, O.E.||1934-1949||Day/City Marshal|
|Wagnaar, Clarence||1949-1955||City Marshal/Police Chief|
|Crull, William||1949||City Marshal|
|Allison, Elmer||1953||Police Chief|
|Tumboold, Roy||1954||Police Chief|
|Pasquad, W.R.||1956||Police Chief|
|Watkins, John F||1956-57||Police Chief|
|Moreland James||1957-65||Police Chief|
|Fisher, James||North Chillicothe Police Chief|
|Woodruff, Ronald||1965-1968||Police Chief|
|Siefried, Jay||North Chillicothe Police Chief|
|Sweeney, Oscar||1969||Police Chief|
|Donaldson, Clarence||1970||Police Chief|
|Mattox, Robert||1970||Police Chief|
|Munk, Robert||1970-71||Police Chief|
|Haines, Russell||1971-72||Police Chief|
|Fulton, Earl||1972-1973||Police Chief|
|Gatlin, William||1973-1974||Police Chief|
|Pribble, Harold||1974||Acting Police Chief|
|Maurer, Steve||1982-2012||Police Chief|
|Mark, Richard||2012||Acting Police Chief|
|Adcock, Daniel||2012||Acting Police Chief|
|Mettille, Scott||2012-Current||Police Chief|
Information provided by the Chillicothe Historical Society.