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Oregon getting new police chief, city administrator

Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan
Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan

OREGON – Oregon's chief of police is becoming its first city administrator, and another officer is moving up to take his place.

Those are two of three changes to city staff on the agenda of Tuesday's special City Council meeting. 

Chief Darin DeHaan is being tapped as the town's first city administrator, and Lt. Sean Melville to will be promoted to the department's top spot.

DeHaan has been an Oregon police officer since 1996, working his way through the ranks from patrol officer to corporal, sergeant, detective, and lieutenant. He was appointed chief in 2005.

He has a bachelor’s in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University and in 2008 received a master's in public administration from Northwestern University.

The council first must pass an ordinance establishing the position of city administrator.

Also Tuesday, Cheryl Hilton will be named deputy clerk. Hilton, a utility clerk in the city clerk's office, will replace longtime city clerk, Charlene Ruthe, who retired. She adn DeHaan will share Ruthe's duties.

Also on the agenda is a vote to approve the purchase of real estate for municipal purposes. 

The meeting will be held via Zoom to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; go to link and enter the code 723 166 864.

City Hall will be open at 5:30 p.m. for those who want to watch there.

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