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City of Peoria Hires New Police Chief

Eric P. Echevarria Selected After Nationwide Search  

June 15, 2021 (Peoria, IL) Following a nationwide search, the city of Peoria is pleased to announce Eric P. Echevarria has accepted the position as the new Chief of Police.  Echevarria has been a law enforcement professional for over 20 years for the city of Elgin, Illinois.  He has worked in the Operations Bureau, Special Investigations, Major Investigations and also served for fifteen years as a Resident Officer.  He is currently serving as the Police Commander of Investigations for the Elgin Police Department.

“Commander Echevarria’s history with the resident police officer program, which we modeled here in Peoria after Elgin, his enthusiasm for the position, his focus on community engagement, and his desire to make a difference in a community like Peoria were strong factors in his selection. I welcome his ideas and his experience,” said City Manager Patrick Urich.

Commander Echevarria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University and an Associate of Arts from Benedictine University.  He is also involved with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the Puerto Rican Police Association, among others.  He also served as a Corporal for the United States Marine Corps.

Echevarria stated, “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.”

The nationwide recruitment, conducted by search firm GovHR, USA, LLC, was comprised of community surveys and panel interviews with neighborhood representatives, faith organizations, Peoria Community Against Violence, Peoria NAACP, the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the Peoria Economic Development Council, the Police Advisory Commission on Police Community Relations,  and City staff.

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

Eric Echevarria


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