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Russell Idle Named Galesburg Police Chief

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Galesburg Police Department

A veteran of the Galesburg Police Department will be the next chief. 

Captain Russell Idle will take over as police chief in September, replacing David Christensen who has been chief since 2006. Christensen announced his upcoming retirement in the spring after 36 years with the department.

Idle has worked for the Galesburg Police Department for the past 25 years, serving as a patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He is originally from Evanston, Illinois and attended Western Illinois University, receiving a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration.