CHAMPAIGN – Police Chief Anthony Cobb took his oath of office on Tuesday night to a standing ovation from city officials and audience members.
He is taking over as the head of the Champaign department two months after former Chief R.T. Finney retired. Cobb started the job on Monday after months' worth of job interviews with city officials, a search committee and even in front of the public. Weeks of background checks followed.
“We almost know more about him than he knows about himself with all the checking we did," City Manager Steve Carter said.
Cobb, who left his job as assistant chief at the Urbana Police Department to take the Champaign job, said last month that his first order of business will be letting the Champaign police officers get to know him. He also has emphasized the importance of community policing.