Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler celebrates retirement; looks forward to time with family

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After 28 years with the Bloomington Police Department, Chief Clay Wheeler celebrated his retirement today with family and friends.

Wheeler has been Police Chief for 13 months, but decided to move to Southern Missouri with his family because his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I had the support of my sons that are quite a bit older, college age at the time, now both with careers in the Springfield, Missouri area. so all that culminated, but shortly after I took this position, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Chief Clay Wheeler | Bloomington Police Department

Although he says his retirement is very bittersweet, he is looking forward to enjoying time with his family.

“She’s in a good spot right now, but the idea of her and my daughter heading off without me while she still has some treatments and so forth to go through, that just wasn’t an option,” Wheeler said.

His advice for his successor? Get out in the public, let the officers do their job and support them and the community around them.

He says he is very proud of the work his department has done.

“We have people come from all over the state to try and emulate what we do here, and it’s a credit to them. Just don’t get in the way, interact with your community and support your officers because you have great ones here,” Wheeler said.

Chief Wheeler says he looks forward to fishing and hunting on his land, and that the Bloomington Police Department’s future is very bright.

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