New Chief for Moline Police Department

Jan 23, 2018

John Hitchcock

John Hitchcock, who has worked for the Moline Police Department for 26 years, will be sworn in as Police Chief on Tuesday night.  

Hitchcock says he plans to keep pushing his officers to be more visible in the city.

"My goal is to make sure we are totally a community oriented policing department - that will be our philosophy," said Hitchcock, who has been serving as interim police chief since last summer, following the retirement of Public Safety Director Kim Hankins. "I want to make sure that all the technology that is out there that can be brought to bear to help fight crime, suppress crime, and serve our citizens is there."

Hitchcock has held a variety of jobs in the Moline department, including parole officer, undercover operations, team supervisor, swat teams, and public relations officer.

He will take the oath of office during the Moline City Council's committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Hitchcock was selected from a pool of 49 applicants from 16 states and four countries.