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COD names new police chief

College of DuPage Police Chief Joe Mullin (Photo provided)

College of DuPage Police Chief Joe Mullin (Photo provided)

A former deputy chief of the College of DuPage police force has been selected to lead the department after the chief of the community college campus force retired last month.

Joe Mullin is now the chief of police for the department of 15 full-time and eight part-time officers at the junior college campus in Glen Ellyn. His salary will be $108,000.

Mullin, of Coal City, who began his tenure with COD’s police department in 1999, said he hopes to develop closer ties with officers from neighboring police departments, create more joint training exercises and participate in rapid response training with local police departments, according to a release from the school.

Mullin succeeds former Chief Mark Fazzini, who retired last month, said college spokesman Joe Moore.

Mullin has bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in English from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. His friendship with a member of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department helped lead him to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“He invited me along for a ride-along, and I loved it,” Mullin said. “So I tested for both the Shorewood Police Department and Peoria County Sheriff’s Department, and I was hired in Shorewood.”

After attending the Illinois State Police Academy, Mullin spent six years in Shorewood, where he was a community police officer, mountain bike officer and DARE officer. He received two life-saving awards, both involving incidents in the DuPage River, according to a release from the college.

 

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