Carbondale police chief announces retirement

Pandemic slows search for police chief

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Police Chief Jeff Grubbs announced his retirement on Monday, August 31.

Grubbs is a 29-year veteran of the Carbondale Police Department and holds both bachelor and master degrees from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.

He released this statement on Monday:

Today, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement as the Chief of Police of the City of Carbondale Police Department, effective September 30, 2020, the completion of my 29th year as a Carbondale Police Officer. It has truly been an honor to serve as the Police Chief for the last six years and represent the men and women of the City of Carbondale Police Department. I can confidently say our officers are some of the most highly trained, well-educated and most dedicated officers you will find anywhere. Our officers not only care about the community they police, but the level of professionalism they display daily is truly remarkable.
Jeff Grubbs, Carbondale police chief

Grubbs is a graduate of the 235th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 77th Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development programs in Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Grubbs is an executive board member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, MTU15 and Jackson County 911.

The city issued the following statement regarding Grubbs’ replacement:

“Deputy Chief Stan Reno will serve as Interim Chief until the City names a permanent Chief of Police. Due to the pandemic, we don’t expect to begin a formal process to select a new Police Chief until later this fiscal year. When we do initiate our search, we will be inclusive and seek feedback from all areas of the community.”

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