Chief of Police, City of Peoria
Occupation: Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria oversees and directs all activities of the Peoria Police Department, which has almost 250 employees, the majority of them police officers. His work focuses on reducing serious crime, fostering community partnerships, improving traffic safety, and promoting employee development. Chief Echevarria came to Peoria from Elgin, where he gained experience as a resident officer and worked closely with major investigations, juvenile investigations, gang unit, drug unit and technical investigations.
Community Involvement: He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Puerto Rican Police Association, and the Illinois Central College Advisory Board. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Education: Associate of arts, Benedictine University; bachelor of arts, interdisciplinary studies, Northeastern Illinois University (summa cum laude); master of public administration, local government management, Northern Illinois University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.
Three things he’s passionate about: family, relationships and physical fitness.
Three favorite hobbies: Working out, cars, and dominoes????
Career influence or inspiration: Chief Echevarria says he “stumbled” into police work. Though he has always wanted his parents, Pedro and Emma Echevarria, to be proud of him, he didn’t have anyone who influenced or inspired him toward a certain career. “I describe myself as self-driven.”
Inspirational quote: “If serving is beneath you, leadership is beyond you.”
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