SOUTH BELOIT - Adam Truman was sworn in as South Beloit's new police chief Monday while family and friends looked on from the audience.
Truman, who has been with the South Beloit Police Department for 18 years, was appointed to the post during the April 29 city council meeting. He was appointed by unanimous vote of the city council, which included two new members - Brian Hedrington and Ken Morse.
Patrick Hoey, who had served as police chief for 17 months, was not reappointed to the post.
In other business, the council approved the reassignment of two commissioner positions. On April 29, when the new council was seated, Tom Fitzgerald was assigned to remain as commissioner of health and public safety, which oversees the police and fire departments, and new council member Brian Hedrington was appointed accounts and finance commissioner. On Monday, the council switched those commissioner appointments with Fitzgerald becoming accounts and finance commissioner and Hedrington becoming health and public safety commissioner.
Mayor Ted Rehl said the original plan was to put Fitzgerald in the accounts and finance position. He said Fitzgerald has served four years on the council and has a better understanding of the financial situations facing the city than the other council members. Rehl said initially Hedrington was appointed to the finance position because of a personnel matter - namely, the action not to reappoint Hoey as chief.
"We didn't want to put Brian in a position that could be controversial on his first night on the council," Rehl said.
The commissioner assignments were approved by a vote of 4-1 with Hedrington being the only opposing vote.
Hedrington said he was confused by the entire commissioner assignment issue.
"If they wanted me to be police and fire commissioner, why didn't they appoint me to that in the first place?" Hedrington said.
He said in his discussions with Rehl just before he was seated on the council, indications were he would be the public safety commissioner. However on the night of his first meeting, the council packet he received indicated he would be finance commissioner. He said he wishes he would have known the reasoning behind the switch in commissioner assignments before it was put up for a vote.