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The City of Galesburg has selected Captain Russell
Idle to fill the position of Galesburg Police Chief, effective September 9,
2019. Idle replaces long-time Chief, David Christensen, who has worked for the
Galesburg Police Department (GPD) for over 36 years and served as Police Chief
since 2006. Christensen announced his upcoming retirement in May 2019, kicking
off an extensive search process for the ideal candidate to fulfill the role.
“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.”
Cpt. 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. As a sergeant and lieutenant, Idle
provided leadership for both the patrol division and staff and services
division. As captain, he served as the division head of staff and services.
Idle was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and
received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in law
enforcement and justice administration. He attended the Northwestern School of
Police Staff and Command and will attend the FBI National Academy in October
2019. He resides in Galesburg with his wife, Nichole, and their five children:
Tyler, Drew, Ryan, Justin, and Mallory. Idle is involved in the community,
including a year of service on the Knox County Board, advisor of the Galesburg
Police Explorers for 10 years, serving on the Galesburg Police Pension Board
for six years, member of the Galesburg Lions Club, and President of Galesburg
“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
The City of Galesburg implemented a comprehensive search for the newly appointed Police Chief, which included a community survey, assessment center testing, initial video interviews, and final interviews with not only the search committee, but also City Council and a community panel, comprised of diverse, involved members of the community. The Police Chief is appointed by the City Manager and is responsible for the administration and oversight of the Galesburg Police Department.
***Report Courtesy of the City of Galesburg***