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Geneva Announces Next Police Chief


The City of Geneva has chosen its next police chief. The city announced on Monday that Ronald Eveland has been promoted from lieutenant to chief of police.

A Geneva native, Eveland graduated high school in 2005 before joining the US Air Force. A third-generation Geneva Police Officer, Ronald Eveland started with the department in 2015 and has served as a Police Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Acting Police Chief. He is also active in his community through volunteerism.

Eveland said, “I am both excited and honored to have been selected for this position. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and I have worked hard to get to where I am. I look forward to this challenge and promise to lead the department with professionalism and dedication to provide the best quality of police services to our wonderful community. I want to thank the men and women of the Geneva Police Department for their support during this process, City administration and staff, and most importantly the community for being involved with the search process.”

In May, the city held a community forum where attendees could meet with the three candidates vying for the job – Eveland, James Chechak, and James McCormack.

Former Police Chief Mike Passalacqua has been serving in the role of Interim Police Chief following the March resignation of Matthew Colton.  Back in January, Colton was placed on paid administrative leave pending a personnel investigation that the city never released any details on. As part of his resignation, Colton received a $61,000 severance package from the city.

Eveland will formally accept his appointment on June 17, at which point Chief Passalacqua will step down.

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