Anthony Cobb on one month as Champaign's police chief

Anthony Cobb on one month as Champaign's police chief

Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb marked his 1-month anniversary as the head of the department on April 12, and he said the feedback he's been getting so far is positive.

He has been spending most of his time getting to know the department itself and working on internal issues, which is exactly what he promised on his way in.

"My job coming here was to learn the Champaign Police Department," Cobb said.

Once everyone is comfortable, he said, then he hopes to start interacting more with community groups. Community engagement, to this point, has been minimal during his limited time in Champaign, but he says it's coming.

That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy. He's been working long days -- as much as 18 hours at some points, he said -- but he's enjoying it.

"Overall, the feedback I've been getting from the employees here is positive," Cobb said. "That's good to hear."


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