South Beloit swears in new police chief


South Beloit welcomes their newest police chief in an induction ceremony Monday. 
Chief Adam Truman has a whole set of challenges to tackle with the new role. However, with 18 years on the force, FBI training and experience as interim chief, Chief Truman says he’s ready to hit the ground running in his new position. 

“I knew my time would come some day and today just happens to be the day, so I’m ready,” said Chief Adam Truman, South Beloit Police Department. 

South Beloit swore in its new police chief during Monday’s city council meeting.

Adam Truman took the oath in front of city officials, his friends and family.

“Watching him go through his FBI academy and getting promoted to sergeant and watching that and, you know, every milestone has been unbelievable,” said Christine Miller, Chief Truman’s sister. “I couldn’t be prouder. We’re all proud of him.”

The University of Wisconsin graduate joined the South Beloit Police Department in 2001 and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Police. 

Chief Truman takes over for Patrick Hoey, whose contract wasn’t renewed by the South Beloit City Council.

South Beloit’s Mayor says there’s more to being chief than just working with other officers. Maintaining budgets and equipment are just some of the challenges Truman now faces.

“He is not just the Chief of Police, but he is a department-head of a department and that’s his ability to communicate with board members, people in the community,” said Ted Rehl, Mayor of South Beloit. 

Some changes are already in the works and Truman wants to make sure the South Beloit police force is firing on all cylinders.

“We’re getting a new squad car this fall and I think we have two budgeted for next year, so yeah you will see a couple of new Ford Explorers,” Truman said. 

If Chief Truman does ever need help, he has someone to call.

“Pat and I had a great relationship, we still have a great relationship,” Chief Truman said. “We left as friends. Neither one of us expected this to happen the way it did and when he left he left the door open to contact him anytime.”

Chief Truman called former Chief Hoey Monday morning for help finding pamphlets in the department.

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