Chester Police Chief out; new chief appointed

Dozens pack into the Monday night Chester city council meeting.
Dozens pack into the Monday night Chester city council meeting.
Chester Mayor Marty Bert
Chester Mayor Marty Bert
Chester Police Chief out; new chief appointed
By: Ryan Tate
CHESTER, Ill. - Chester Mayor Marty Bert appointed Detective Ryan Coffey as the new Chester Police Chief Monday night, in front of a crowd that did not like the appointment.
That is because most of the 100 people at the Chester City Council meeting were there to lend their support to former Chief Donal McKinnney. Mayor Bert decided not to re-appoint McKinney two weeks ago.
One Chester Council Member said Monday night's meeting had more people than he had ever seen at a meeting in his 26 years on the Council. For about 45 minutes, one person after another got up and spoke about McKinney's character, asked the Council about civic issues, and some threatened the Council that if McKinney is not brought back, the Council Members will not be re-elected.
"I did what I thought was best for the city of Chester," Mayor Bert said. "It is nothing personal against Mac [McKinney]."
Coffey says he has been with the Chester Police Department for more than nine years. He previously held the title of Detective.
Many of the people in attendance Monday night signed a petition to keep McKinney as Chief. In all, 1,136 people signed the petition in the days leading up to the meeting.