Sgt. Casey Disterhoft, a Geneseo native and 20-year veteran of the city’s police department, has been named the new police chief.

Sgt. Casey Disterhoft, a Geneseo native and 20-year veteran of the city’s police department, has been named the new police chief.

Geneseo aldermen unanimously approved hiring Disterhoft as chief during the Tuesday, June 12 city council meeting.

Disterhoft told the council he appreciates the opportunity and said he looks forward to a “great future” with his colleagues.

Previous Geneseo police chief Tom Piotrowski retired March 1 after having been placed on paid administrative leave on Jan. 30. During that period, the city undertook an external review of the police department’s procedures, operations and morale.

For the past several months, Sgt. Steve Whittington, who will retire on June 26, served as interim chief.

Disterhoft will be sworn in at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 at the Geneseo City Park Bandshell. The regular Tuesday evening ice cream social will follow.

More than 40 candidates applied for the Geneseo Police Chief position. The city worked with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police to narrow down and review the field. The top candidates met with the council, search committee and community leaders as part of the search process.

“(Disterhoft) was born and raised in Geneseo. He knows the community, and, for the past few months, we’ve been hearing his ideas and how he wants to move the department forward in a positive direction,” said Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda.

Disterhoft said the interview process was a beneficial one. “With every experience, I try to learn more about myself,” he said.

A 1995 graduate of Geneseo High School, Disterhoft joined the Geneseo Police Department on June 24, 1998. He was promoted to sergeant in 2006.

Ever since he was a child, Disterhoft said he knew he wanted to be a police officer “or a smoke jumper,” he added.

Disterhoft said he would hear stories and learn from other community officers, and knew serving on the police department would give him a chance to “make a positive impact in the community.”

With 20 years of experience on the Geneseo police force, Disterhoft said his new position will allow the department to move forward “full steam ahead.”

“There won’t be a reset button. (The staff) knows me, and I know them. We’ve already got that connection,” he said.

Disterhoft was hired at an annual salary of $80,000, plus an additional $5,000 increase upon completion of his bachelor’s degree.

In 2017, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School.

Disterhoft and his wife, Angelica, have three children