Joliet’s new police chief takes the helm
By Brian Stanley email@example.com September 4, 2013 7:26PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 1:00PM
JOLIET — The police department’s 21st chief began his tenure with a quote from the nation’s 16th president.
“Abraham Lincoln said, ‘I will prepare and some day my chance will come,’ ” Brian Benton told the 50 colleagues and guests Wednesday morning at his swearing-
in ceremony. “This is that chance ... but it will have to be a team effort and I will
need each and every one of you to help
The 23-year-veteran was selected last week to lead the department after serving a month as interim chief.
Benton has been a narcotics officer and SWAT team leader. His most recent assignment was supervising the investigations division of the state’s fourth-largest municipal police force.
Wearing his dress uniform Wednesday morning, Benton was escorted into the station’s commons area with bagpipe accompaniment by Sgt. Rob Hall.
City Clerk Christa Desiderio had Benton raise his right hand and promise to uphold the Constitution and duties of his badge in his new office.
Benton expressed gratitude to many people in the department, but embraced “the most important one” — his wife, Alejandra, who is an IT technician with the Joliet Police Department.
Within minutes of making it official, the new chief had to sign a stack of paperwork with city staffers, check the details of a report the media were asking about, address a manpower concern with other officers and figure out which carafe had enough coffee for a full cup.
“I’m scheduling a lot of meetings,” Benton said. “As chief, you have to go to a lot of meetings.”