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Welcome Message From The Chief Of Police


As Chief of Police, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Marion Police Department's new web site brought to you by the employees of the Marion Police Department.  Our site introduces you to our agency and provides an overview of our services.

The City of Marion, located near the center of Williamson County, was established on August 20, 1839. The City was named after the great Revolutionary War hero, General Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion, from South Carolina.  Early law enforcement included a City Marshall and Special Police.  James D. Long served as the City Marshall and on November 13, 1905, he was appointed to a newly established position as the first Chief of Police.  Chief Long's salary was $50.00 per month.

Since that time, the Marion Police Department has grown to include an Assistant Police Chief, six patrol Sergeants, four Investigators and eighteen Patrol Officers. There are also seven full-time communication officers including the supervisor and two part-time communication officers. Two Records Data Clerks, one Investigations Secretary, one full-time and one part-time Animal Control Officers round out our department for a total of 44 sworn and civilian personnel.  City Councilman J.W. "Jay" Rix serves as Police Commissioner.  The current population of the City is just over 17,000 citizens but due to the geographic location of Marion, the Department also serves a large influx of daily commuters.  This "transient" population places a greater demand for services on the Department.

The Marion Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that is comprised of professional and dedicated employees who work within the various diverse divisions of the department.  We are dedicated to advancing the profession of law enforcement within the department thereby enhancing our abilities to proudly serve the Citizens of our Community.

Listed as one of "The Best One Hundred Small Towns In America," the City of Marion's longtime municipal leader, Mayor Robert L. "Bob" Butler has affectionately given the city its slogan of "Marion: Hub of the Universe," and on the "Hub's" behalf, I thank you for your interest in our Police Department.  Please feel free to call our main line at 618-993-2124 for any additional information or assistance.  We invite your comments.

John W. Eibeck
Chief of Police


Marion Illinois
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