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Support for Rich Montcalm for chief of police

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To the editor:

With the upcoming departure of Chief Erlenbush, we would like to highly recommend Rich Montcalm for this position. He has the education, experience and the integrity to be our next chief of police.

He has a master's degree in law enforcement administration as well as a certificate in executive management. He has over 19 years experience in law enforcement, as well as teaching at colleges and universities.

He has a wonderful rapport with the citizens of Logan County as well as with the children of Logan County by being a mentor, friend and coach to them.

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He is a proven leader by past accomplishments. While serving as our past chief of police, he obtained $200,000 in grants to assist the city government and the department budget; he reduced the crime rate by 6 percent over a two-year period; he has been recognized by the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association for the implementation of the police department's development with the community policing philosophy; and he has also developed procedures and policies to enhance the department while working within the budget.

There are so many more reasons why Rich Montcalm should be our next police chief, but this decision is up to our city of Lincoln aldermen to make, so we urge everyone to contact theirs in support of who would be the best choice for the city of Lincoln police chief: Rich Montcalm, someone with a strong work ethic, the best education for this position, a proven leader and a love for this community.

Angie Whitetree
Dee Guille

[Posted March 10, 2010]

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