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City of Peoria names new police chief

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- An Elgin police commander will be the next chief of the Peoria Police Department. Eric P. Echevarria will come to the River City with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience.

While in Elgin, Echevarria worked in the operations bureau, special investigations, major investigations, and also served for fifteen years as a resident officer.

Via a press release, Echevarria said “My family and I are excited to plant new roots in such a diverse and vibrant community. Law enforcement alone cannot solve the challenges we face. I look forward to working alongside the Peoria Police Department members in collaboration with the community to strengthen our common bonds, reduce crime, and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

City Manager Patrick Urich said Commander Echevarria's experience as a resident officer, enthusiasm, focus on community engagement, and desire to make a difference were the primary reasons he was selected for the role.

Chief Loren Marion retired as Chief in January after more than 26 years with the department.

Echevarria will assume the role as Chief on August 2, 2021, with a starting salary of $176,000. 

Andy Weber

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