BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The next Bloomington Police Chief has been announced.
City Manager Tim Gleason announced Dan Donath as his selection for police chief at a press conference Wednesday morning. Donath, the BPD co-interim chief, was a finalist along with Parkland College Police Chief William Colbrook.
Donath began his career with the BPD in 1994 and has served in a variety of roles. He became an assistant chief in 2018 and most recently split the duties of interim chief.
“It’s hard to absorb and think that when I started my career 25 and a half years ago, that I would be in this position because it wasn’t my goal . My goal was to come in, work hard and do a good job and try to make a difference and that approach has led me to this position,” said Donath.
The recruitment process began earlier this summer and included a community forum hosted by the Public Safety and Community Relations Board and interviews by a selection committee made up of Gleason, U.S. Marshal for the Central District of Illinois Brendan Heffner, Bloomington Economic Development Director Melissa Hon and more officials.
A community meet-and-greet with the final two candidates was held last week.
“I am very pleased with this process and its outcome,” Gleason said. “We had a group of very strong candidates to consider, and I truly know Mr. Donath is ready to lead and excel in his new role. I thank the community for their participation in the selection. It is up to all of us to offer our support to the new Chief and the entire Bloomington Police department.”
Donath said he wants to review how the department is currently running and see if any changes need to be made. He also wants to work more on community policing. He also said he plans to talk to community members to get feedback on the department.
“One of the things I want to do is have a full review of everything we do at the police department and why. I want to ensure we are not doing things today because that’s what we did 20 years ago and it doesn’t apply today and what does it look like in 2019 and the next 5 years,” said Donath.
Donath will assume the duties of Police Chief immediately, with a formal swearing in ceremony to follow on Sept. 9.