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Naperville police chief to retire next month

Known for his efforts to improve community relations and culture within the Naperville Police Department, chief Robert Marshall is retiring next month after a 44-year career with the city.

As the city’s chief police officer since 2012, Marshall has taken great strides in introducing innovative policing methods while overseeing the department’s 275 or so employees, according to a city statement on Tuesday.

During his tenure, officials said he spearheaded a movement toward “data-driven” policing, budgeting responsibly, improving union relations and training the department to highlight scenario-based and de-escalation strategies. He has also set up a peer support team for civil servants and “fostered a culture of transparency and accountability,” the press release said.

“This was a difficult decision to leave the department and the job I love,” Marshall said in a statement. “My hope is that when I retire I will leave a legacy of integrity, solid work ethic, strong core values, and real caring for the people I have served with.”

City officials are expected to meet in the coming weeks to discuss a process for selecting Marshall’s successor after his resignation on July 2nd.

“I know the police are well placed to continue to be successful,” said Marshall. “I am very confident in the skills and talents of the current leadership team and in their ability to move our department forward.”

The police chief’s career began in 1975 as a deputy in the Will County Sheriff’s office, the press release said. He joined the Naperville Police Department two years later and served as an officer, investigator, sergeant, and lieutenant until he retired as captain in 2005.

Marshall served as the city’s assistant manager for the next seven years – including a year as a manager prototype – before returning to the police force as chief of police. His service and leadership helped build a forward-thinking, proactive, and effective law enforcement agency, said Mayor Steve Chirico, and helped establish the city as one of the safest cities in America.

“Our community is indebted to Chief Marshall for 44 years of service in Naperville, from patrolling our streets and investigating violent crimes to serving as chief of police,” Chirico said in a statement.

His community contributions go beyond serving as a volunteer board member for KidsMatter, 360 Youth Services, Crime Crime: Invest in Kids, and the North East Multi-Regional Training Program. And he’s chairman of the Naperville Emergency Telephone System Board and a member of the Collaborative Youth Team, a coalition of organizations committed to the health and wellbeing of children.

Marshall holds a master’s degree in public administration from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Western Illinois University. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Virginia and the Senior Executive Management Program for Police Officers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Boston.

“Chief Marshall is a progressive leader whose integrity and commitment to public safety are evident in everything he does,” said City Manager Doug Krieger. “His leadership has strengthened the Naperville Police Department and the city as a whole, leading to incredible collaboration and a safer community.”

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