Rock Island has officially named Richard Landi as their new Chief of Police, according to a media release today.

Landi has been the interim Chief of Police since November. He started working with the Rock Island Police Department in December of 1993 and rose through the ranks, serving as Sergeant from 2003-2010, Lieutenant from 2020, becoming interim Chief, and now Chief of Police. In that time, he has earned numerous service awards.

The City Council voted unanimously last night to appoint Landi to the post.

Mayor Mike Thoms says in the release:

Chief Landi is a strong leader and will do an excellent job as Police Chief. His decades of experience and expertise will serve the city well.

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Before working as an officer for Rock Island, Landi was an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Village of Milan and he was a Jail Administrator for the Mercer County Sheriff's Department. He attended Black Hawk College and received state certification from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute for Basic Correctional Officer, Basic Law Enforcement Officer, and Master Firearms Instructor.

Interim City Manager John Gripp said of the promotion:

Chief Landi has been a valued member of the Rock Island Police Department for over 28 years. His dedication to Rock Island shines through in his work. I look forward to Chief Landi leading the Police Department and moving the City of Rock Island forward.

Chief Landi looks forward to continue working with the professionals in the Rock Island Police Department as well as serving the citizens of Rock Island.

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