FISHER — The village board has hired a new police chief.
He is Steven Bein, 49, who most recently has worked as a part-time Gibson City police officer. Bein worked full-time as a police officer from 1988-1998. He joined the Gibson City force full-time in 2000 and then worked as a part-time officer there from 2008 to the present.
He has also served 23 years in the Illinois National Guard as well as three years as a battalion officer in active duty with the Army Reserve, doing two tours of duty in Iraq.
He replaces Charlie Shepard, who is retiring. Bein will work about five days with Shepard to learn about policing in the village. Bein is the third chief to succeed long-time chief Doug Zook, who retired several years ago. The village has a residency requirement, and Bein said he plans to move to Fisher soon.
Also, the board voted to enter into an agreement with Integrys Energy Services to educate residents prior to the April 9 vote on electric aggregation. If the ballot measure passes, then Integrys becomes the village's new electricity provider. Integrys will study rates and the village can determine at what time it wants to lock in a rate. The village will most likely enter a year's contract with Integrys because new rates come out at the end of May.