City of Carterville, IL hires new police chief - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

City of Carterville, IL hires new police chief

Reno is currently a Carterville resident and while she said she's not a native, her two daughters are. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Reno is currently a Carterville resident and while she said she's not a native, her two daughters are. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Reno has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and is currently a Carterville resident. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Reno has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and is currently a Carterville resident. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Reno will take on her new position on June 29. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Reno will take on her new position on June 29. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Heather Reno, currently a lieutenant with the Carbondale Police Department, will take the place of Carterville's current police chief, Monty Jeralds. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Heather Reno, currently a lieutenant with the Carbondale Police Department, will take the place of Carterville's current police chief, Monty Jeralds. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The city of Carterville, Illinois hired a new police chief.

Heather Reno, currently a lieutenant with the Carbondale Police Department, will take the place of Carterville's current police chief, Monty Jeralds.

Carterville Mayor Brad Robinson said the city wanted the department to move in a different direction.

“We wanted to be more involved with the public," Robinson said.

The city interviewed four applicants and reviewed more than a dozen applications.

Reno is currently a Carterville resident and while she said she's not a native, her two daughters are.

“The strongest motivator for me was the opportunity to work in the town that I live in," Reno said.

Reno has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and is currently a Carterville resident.

She said she hopes to get the department on board with social media and will gauge the community and the departments officers before making any serious departmental changes.

She has also been a reservist in the Illinois National Guard for 11 years.

Reno will begin her new position on June 29.

We told you earlier this year about heated discussions and opposition by some Carterville residents, asking to demote Jeralds to a patrolman.

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