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Larry J. Fear (Retired)
Officer Bill Rutan: Officer Rutan grew up in Potomac, Illinois and graduated from Potomac High School.

Officer Rutan then spent four years in the United States Army. After serving his Country proudly, Rutan attended college at the Danville Community College.

He was then hired as a police officer for the Robinson Police Department in 1991. Rutan then graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy. After finishing the academy, Officer Rutan went back to college at Lincoln Trail College and majored in Business Management.

Officer Rutan is one of the two firearms instructors in Crawford County.

He was hired as a part-time police officer in Oblong in 2001.

Officer Rutan is married and has three children. Also, he continues to gain education in the field of law enforcement and management to better serve his community.

OFFICER DANNY CHEADLE: Officer Cheadle joined the Oblong Police Department as a part-time officer in July 2004.

Officer Cheadle grew up in Pope County Illinois and graduated high school at Pope County High. He then earned an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from Olney Central College. Officer Cheadle is a graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute and has served as a police officer for approximately 10 years.

He is a full-time deputy sheriff for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Cheadle is also a member of the Jasper County Special Response Team.

He has also attended many training classes that relate to the field of law enforcement.
Officer Cheadle is married and has two children.

Officer Josh Douthit
Officer Douthit joined the Oblong Police Department as a part-time officer in 2007. Officer Douthit was born and raised in Effingham, Illinois and is a graduate of Effingham High School. Officer Douthit furthered his education earning an Associate’s Degree with honors from Olney Central College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. Officer Douthit is a graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute and has been a law enforcement officer since 2004.

Officer Douthit began his career as a deputy with the Cole’s County Sheriff’s Department and is currently a full time police officer with the Newton Police Department. He is a certified Police Firearms Instructor, Filed Training Officer, Juvenile Police Officer, and Baton and Handcuffing Instructor. Officer Douthit received the DUI Enforcement Award issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation. He continues to attend law enforcement training courses to further his knowledge and experience as a law enforcement officer.