Morrison interviewing candidates to fill upcoming police chief vacancy

Pedro Valladares Jr.

MORRISON – Morrison city officials are now interviewing candidates as they decide who will be the city’s next police chief.

Current Chief Pedro Valladares Jr., who has been with the department since February 2023, turned in his resignation last month; it was approved at the Feb. 26 City Council meeting.

Valladares has lived in Moline throughout his time as Morrison police chief, and is leaving the position because he has decided to remain there, Morrison City Administrator Brian Melton said Wednesday. Moline is about 40 miles from Morrison.

Shortly after the council accepted his resignation, council members approved posting the position and a motion amendment requiring the new chief to live within Morrison city limits.

His resignation will go into effect April 30.

Melton said 12 resumes were received prior to the March 15 deadline, with three candidates selected from that pool to be interviewed. The goal is to have a new chief in place by May 1, he said.

Charlene Bielema

Charlene Bielema

Charlene Bielema is the editor of Sauk Valley Media.