City of Peoria Names Peoria Police Chief
Loren Marion, III has been named the Police Chief of the Peoria Police Department, City Manager Patrick Urich announced today. Previously the Interim Chief, Chief Marion assumes his position November 14, 2018.
Chief Marion began his career with the Peoria Police Department in October, 1995. During his career, Chief Marion worked in Patrol, the Community Area Target Team, the Street Crimes Unit, the Vice and Narcotics Unit, and the Target Offender Unit. He also held the collateral duty of Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Chief Marion has received two distinguished service awards, the American Legion Meritorious Service Award and was named “Officer of the Year”. Chief Marion has also received several letters of commendation.
City Manager Patrick Urich stated, “Chief Marion has served as the Interim Chief for the past 9 months and has done an admirable job. He and his team are responsive and are working at ways to engage the community more in policing. I look forward to continue working with him to deliver excellent public safety services to our city.
Chief Marion is a third generation police officer. His grandfather, Frank N., Smith was the Police Chief of Bellevue and his father, Loren Marion, Jr. served 30 years with the Peoria Police Department, retiring in 2009 as a Patrol Officer.
Chief Marion is a life-long resident of Central Illinois and served his country in the United States Army prior to becoming a police officer. His salary is $165,000.