- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MARION, Ill. (AP) - The police chief in the southern Illinois city of Marion is stepping down after nearly three decades with the department.

John Eibeck told the Marion City Council this week that his retirement takes effect at the end of July.

Eibeck has been police chief for the past three and a half years, having risen up the ranks from patrolman since joining the police force in 1985. He was promoted to assistant chief in 2005 and became chief in 2011.

Mayor Robert Butler thanks Eibeck for his long service and expects a successor from within the department to be named soon.

With about 17,200 residents, Marion is the Williamson County seat.

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