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Chief Clay Wheeler was appointed Chief of Police during the City Council meeting last night. Chief Wheeler is a 27-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department.
 
Chief Wheeler joined the department in 1991 as a patrol officer.  Chief Wheeler served as a member of the Bloomington Police Department's Crisis Response Team, as a hostage negotiator, Field Training Officer, and as a Detective in the Bloomington Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division.
 
Chief Wheeler was promoted to Sergeant in 2007.  While a sergeant he was instrumental in the adoption of Problem Oriented Policing within the Bloomington Police Department.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011, and Assistant Chief in 2011.
 
During his tenure, Chief Wheeler received 1 Distinguished Achievement Award, 1 Exemplary Performance Award, 2 Meritorious Service Awards and 5 Unit Citations. He also has been awarded the Education Ribbon and several Letters of Commendation regarding his exemplary work and service to our community.
 
Chief Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the College of the Ozarks.

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