Streator Police Chief Kurt Pastirik set to retire in January

Deputy chief Robert Turner working with the city on 2021 budget

After seven years as police chief of Streator, Kurt Pastirik has decided to accept an early retirement offer from the city.

His retirement will become effective at the end of January.

While a successor has not been officially appointed or approved, Deputy Chief Robert Turner has worked with City Manager David Plyman on the police department's 2021 budget and presented the department's budget proposals to the council Tuesday.

Plyman, who is tasked as city manager with appointing department heads, said he likes to make promotions from within city departments when possible.

Pastirik accepted the offer to become police chief in February 2013 after serving as interim chief for four months after former chief Jeff Anderson retired.

Pastirik is a 30-year veteran of the police department. He was appointed as a patrolman in 1991, promoted to sergeant in 1998 and to lieutenant in 1999. He is a 2006 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2002 graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Executive Management Program.

"He's served our city well for 30 years, and he's decided now is time for him to do some new things," Plyman said.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.