Retired Decatur Police Chief Named Commander of Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center | Top Stories

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – Retired Decatur Police Chief Jim Getz has been named commanding officer of the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.

Dr. Cristobal Valdez, President of Richland Community College, said, “Given his outstanding career with the Decatur Police Department, we are delighted to employ Mr. Getz as Commanding Officer of MCLETC. Beyond his longstanding excellent work in local law enforcement, I am very impressed with Commander Getz’s direct approach to leadership, his high integrity and his commitment to providing the best training atmosphere for peace officers and correctional officers throughout the state of Illinois. Through his service at Richland, Jim will continue to serve this community and positively impact all areas of law enforcement and corrections in Illinois.

Commander Getz said, “I look forward to the opportunity to train future police and corrections officers in the State of Illinois. We want to train officers who are true public servants for all members of their community. »

Prior to joining MCLETC, Getz worked for the Decatur Police Department for 22 years, serving as Chief of Police from 2016 to 2021. He retired in July 2021.

He also worked as a correctional officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections from 1995 to 1998.

Commander Getz is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield. He completed his basic law enforcement training at the Illinois State Police Academy in 1999, where he also served as class president. Commander Getz is also a Class 271 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

“Richland Community College did an outstanding job selecting Commander Tad Williams four years ago to develop and lead the MCLETC in officer training statewide. Since the retirement of Commander Williams, Richland Community College has chosen another outstanding leader, Commander Jim Getz, to lead MCLETC into the future. Commander Getz honorably served his country in the United States Army and served his community as a police officer and chief of police in Decatur, Illinois. With Commander Getz’s credentials, he could easily lead any city, state, or federal agency, but instead he chose to accept the position of Commander at MCLETC, which will allow him to mentor new officers. across the state of Illinois, so that they are ready to serve and protect their communities,” said Thomas Schneider, deputy commander of MCLETC.

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