The Belvidere Police Department gathered Friday to advance one of its own and say goodbye to one of its leaders.
Sergeant Mark Pollock has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Administrative and Support Services. Pollock began his career with the department in 1991. That same day, Deputy Chief Butch Falkenstein retired after 25 years of service to the community.
Deputy Chief Pollock said of his promotion, "It's kind of surreal, but it's also exciting. The chief has given us a clear mandate to provide a safe learning and working environment to the citizens and visitors to Belvidere."
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Falkenstein was looking forward to his retirement. "This retirement is a new chapter in my life, and is a chapter where I have no clue of what it's going to read out as," he said. "And I'm just excited to spend more time with my grandkids and my family and do a little traveling and we'll see what develops from there."
Chief Pollock said Chief Falkenstein has been invaluable in providing support during the transition.
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