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Government

Riverside honors retiring deputy chief of police, promotes officers

RIVERSIDE – In a bittersweet ceremony at Village Hall on Thursday, the village of Riverside honored a longtime member of the police department, while also looking forward and promoting three officers to new positions.

The village board and Chief of Police Tom Weitzel bid a fond farewell to former Deputy Chief William Legg at the meeting.

"He was an inspiration to me and to many others here," Weitzel said of Legg. "It was my honor to work with him."

Legg joined the Riverside Police Department in July 1984 as a telecommunications specialist, Weitzel told the board. He was hired full time in 1986 as an officer and became a detective in 2006. Weitzel listed numerous honors awarded to Legg during his 30 years with the department, including being named Officer of the Year in 2006 and receiving three lifesaving awards.

Legg said it was an honor to serve in Riverside and told board members they had the best police department in the area.

With Legg's retirement, a new position became open for deputy chief. At the meeting three officers were promoted and sworn in during a ceremony with family and friends present. Lt. David Krull was promoted to deputy chief; Sgt. William Gutschick was promoted to lieutenant of police; and Officer Jeff Miller was promoted to sergeant of police.

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