SOUTH BELOIT - Newly-appointed South Beloit Police Chief Adam Truman says he wants the department to continue to move forward.
Truman, a Beloit native, is an 18-year veteran of the department, having started as a patrol officer in 2001 before being promoted to sergeant in 2005 and deputy chief in 2013. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2012.
Truman is a father of two and lives in South Beloit.
"It's my home," Truman said. "I love this city. I truly care about South Beloit and the safety of the residents."
This isn't his first time as leader for the department. In 2009 and 2010, he was named interim chief.
Truman was appointed on April 29 after the South Beloit City Council chose to not reappoint Chief Pat Hoey, a move he said was "a surprise to both of us."
"I feel bad for Pat, and he left the department and those in it on good terms," Truman said.
Truman said the department won't fill the deputy chief position he leaves behind.
"There really isn't a transition period, but I have been involved in every single aspect of this department for quite some time," Truman said. "We're going to keep moving forward."
Truman's career in law enforcement hasn't been a conventional one. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1995 before earning his bachelors degree in hospitality management from University of Wisconsin Stout.
"Halfway through the program, I knew I wanted to do something else and I had an interest in law enforcement," Truman said. "It's something I pursued and feel very fortunate to have been hired by South Beloit."
He earned his masters degree in criminal justice in 2016 from University of Wisconsin Platteville. Truman is also a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Northwest Illinois Law Enforcement Executives Association and the FBI National Academy Associates.
For the department, Truman said he wanted to continue increased traffic enforcement operations, and continue to pursue grant funding for the department. Truman added that the department would sort through and digitize decades of records in storage, as the department prepares to switch to a new filing system.
Truman will be officially sworn in on Monday at the city council meeting at 5 p.m., 519 Blackhawk Boulevard.