Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

Thomas Weitzel, who has served as a police officer in Riverside for 37 years – the last 13 as the department’s chief – will retire from the post this spring when his contract expires, he announced Monday morning.

Riverside President Ben Sells said Weitzel informed village department heads at their weekly staff meeting on Feb. 15 and followed by informing his officers. His last day on the job will be May 20.

“Chief Weitzel has stood for courage, compassion and decency since his first day on the beat in 1984,” said Sells in an email to the Landmark. “He has been a leader for law enforcement policies that have always put citizens first. Although he will be missed, his character and reputation will remain deeply embedded in the Riverside Police Department as an enduring reminder of what it means to serve and protect.”

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