WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has nominated Bloomington police Chief Brendan Heffner to be the next U.S. marshal for the Central District of Illinois.
His nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate before he takes up his post as the chief law enforcement officer for federal courts throughout the sprawling district that includes Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, the Illinois portion of the Quad Cities, Springfield and Decatur.
Both the state's Democratic U.S. senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, issued a statement in support of Heffner and Southern District of Illinois nominee Bradley Maxwell:
“Through many years of service to Illinois, Brendan Heffner and Bradley Maxwell have demonstrated strong qualifications to serve as United States Marshals. We expect them to serve with professionalism, responsibility, and a clear focus on the mission of the Marshals Service. We look forward to seeing their nominations through the Senate.”
Heffner, who has been police chief since 2013, has past experience as a patrol officer in Normal; as a state trooper, and later supervisor, with the Illinois State Police, where he worked for 21 years before retiring in 2010 as a lieutenant colonel; and as a security specialist for State Farm Insurance Companies.