Jim Knoblauch

The chief of police in Oglesby announced retirement plns Friday afternoon. In a letter to Oglesby mayor Dominic Rivara, Jim Knoblauch said his retirement would take effect in May.

Knoblauch later told WLPO his decision to leave the Oglesby police after 30 years on the force had nothing to do with the recent city council controversy when then-police commissioner Jim Cullinan tried to demote him.

Knoblauch said he had no idea what that new career will be. Meanwhile, the search for a new Oglesby police chief will be led by Carrie Lijewski, the new commissioner of public health and safety.

In a written statement, Mayor Rivara thanked Knoblauch for his service, saying he cannot be replaced and calling him “a role model, a mentor and a friend.”

Knoblauch joined the Oglesby Police in 1989 and held various jobs through the years, including juvenile officer, DARE officer, sergeant, assistant chief and, for the last 10 years, chief of police.

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