BARTONVILLE, Ill. — The Chief of Police for the Bartonville Police Department is retiring after 29 years, but he isn’t done serving the central Illinois area.
Chief Brian Fengel on Friday announced he has been appointed as the new director/coordinator for the Central Illinois Police Training Center- MTU 7. As the new director and coordinator, he will replace the retiring director, Michael Oyer.
Fengel served as the police chief since 1998 for the village. He also was adjunct professor at Illinois Central College from 2009-2016, teaching dispatching, introduction to criminal justice and investigations.
The police chief also received more than $1 million in grants for the department over the years, and was recognized for the Juvenile Community Services program by the International Chiefs Association.
The MTU 7 training center is located in Peoria.
The officers and staff members with the BPD said they wish Fengel the best.
In his new role, Fengel will coordinate training efforts in the area for over 50 agencies. Fengel says training is a key part in making a better police officer.
“The one thing that I’m looking forward to is a challenge, and a task to make things better for our tri-county area, and elsewhere, as far as police training, and cutting edge training,” said Fengel.
While he’s excited for his next step, he says leaving is bittersweet.
“When you’ve been somewhere for 29 years and you’ve dedicated to public service, I think what I’ll miss is the people, the friendships I’ve created, the officers,” said Fengel.
In his final sign off, Chief Fengel says it’s been a pleasure serving Bartonville.
“I’d just like to thank all the residents of Bartonville. It’s been a pleasure and honor serving this community for 29 years. Thank you,” said Fengel.