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Stan Reno named new Carbondale police chief

Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 3:54 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - The City of Carbondale named Interim Police Chief Stan Reno as their new leader of the Carbondale Police Department on Wednesday, April 28.

The announcement was made at 9 a.m.

City Manager Gary Williams made the announcement during a media conference in front of Carbondale officers and Reno’s family.

The City of Carbondale named Interim Police Chief Stan Reno as their new leader of the...
The City of Carbondale named Interim Police Chief Stan Reno as their new leader of the Carbondale Police Department. (Source: KFVS)

After being named, Reno’s wife, Heather, pinned the Police Chief badge to his uniform.

After Stan Reno was named Chief of Police for Carbondale, his wife, Heather Reno, pinned the...
After Stan Reno was named Chief of Police for Carbondale, his wife, Heather Reno, pinned the police chief badge on his uniform. (Source: KFVS)((Source: KFVS))

Chief Reno made a few brief comments during the occasion.

With emotion in his voice, Reno said, “I am excited and honored to be the next Carbondale police chief.”

Chief Reno also voiced three goals he has for himself as the city’s police chief: “Building relationships with the community, continuing to establish trust and assurances that we’re here to serve and help the community members. Providing the training and knowledge for our officers so that they can do their job safely with the tools and resources and support that they need to do that job everyday. And then most of all making Carbondale the great place that it is,” he said.

He also shared that he had grown up in the department as a child.

His father was an officer with the Carbondale Police Department for 28 years and retired as a lieutenant.

Reno has spent nearly 24 years with department, but his work for the department began before he was hired full time.

“I did, however, I did an internship with the police department when I was in high school here in Carbondale. So I spent some time here around the officers and learning about the department and really help convince me and make my decision that this is the place that I wanted to be,” he said.

During his tenor, he also met his wife and worked at the department for 18 years.

Earlier this month, the city’s Chief of Police Selection Committee selected two finalists for the Chief of Police position.

The seven-person committee recommended Interim Carbondale Police Chief Stan Reno and John Franklin.

According to the City of Carbondale, Franklin is a former police chief in Jacksonville, Arkansas and in Dolton, Illinois and also a retired commander from the Chicago Police Department.

The city said the community helped choose Reno at the city’s next police chief.

The search for Carbondale’s next Chief of Police started on February 23, following the retirement of former Police Chief Jeff Grubbs.

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