Galesburg gets new police chief

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GALESBURG, Ill. — Cpt. Russell Idle has been selected to become the new police chief of the Galesburg Police Department.

The City of Galesburg announced Friday that Russell will fill the position effective Sept. 9. He is replacing long-time chief, David Christensen, who has worked for the GPD for over 36 years and served as police chief since 2006. Christensen announced his upcoming retirement in May.

“We are pleased to announce the selection of Russell Idle as the next Police Chief of Galesburg,” said City Manager Todd Thompson. “I’m confident he will excel in the role and lead the Police Department with integrity and accountability.”

Idle began his career in law enforcement with the Galesburg Police Department and has worked for GPD for 25 years. During his tenure, he has served as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and was promoted to captain in February 2018.

“I’m very honored to have been chosen to fulfill this role,” stated Idle. “I’ve had the privilege to learn from great leaders within the Police Department and I’m looking forward to utilizing that knowledge to lead the department and continue to serve the Galesburg community as Police Chief.”

Idle was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in law enforcement and justice administration.

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