COLLINSVILLE — A Fairview Heights police lieutenant will become Collinsville's next police chief.
Lt. Stephen Evans, a division commander in Fairview Heights, has accepted the city's offer to become the next police chief. Evans is a 25-year veteran officer, having served as a correctional officer, school resource officer, a crime-free housing coordinator and deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis over the course of his career.
Evans has been trained at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky., as well as the Illinois Fire Service Institute. He has also worked with community-based programs such as the Citizen's Policy Academy.
"We are looking forward to having Steve join the staff as chief of police," City Manager Scott Williams said. "His two-plus decades in law enforcement will contribute tremendously to future initiatives the city seeks to accomplish in public safety."
Williams himself is a former police chief in Collinsville. After his promotion to city manager, the city hired Eric Van Hook, who served 14 months before accepting a job as chief in his former department in O'Fallon.
Evans said he was honored to be selected. "I've been very fortunate to work over 26 years in an incredible agency with great people. I'm leaving behind many friends and mentors and this is very difficult," he said. "I'm leaving one great agency to start in another. I'm looking forward to establishing new relationships within the agency and throughout the community."
Evans will take over in Collinsville on Nov. 27. Officially his contract will be voted by the City Council on Nov. 25, and his swearing-in ceremony will occur at a future date.
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