Farmer City hires new police chief

FARMER CITY — The town’s former police chief will once again lead the Farmer City Police Department. 

Terry Scott, who worked in Farmer City from 1980-84 and was chief for the last three years in that span, was introduced to the public last week at the police department. 

“I am very confident that we will be able to reach out to the community and they will see that the Farmer City Police Department does have their best interest at heart,” Scott told a group of about 25 visitors at city hall last week. “We are looking to provide professional services to the people.”

Scott, 61, worked with City Manager Larry Woliung in the 1980s, and Woliung said he looks forward to increased community outreach from the new chief. 

The relationship between the two is how Scott, who had been retired for a few years, ended up applying for the job. 

“I talked to Larry about an unrelated matter and he shared with me they had an opening here,” Scott said. 

Scott has been back in the area since 2013, and he currently lives in Danville, but is looking at a  move back to Farmer City in the near future. 

Prior to retirement, Scott served 26 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working in California, Beirut, Lebanon, and settling in Champaign. 

In between the FBI career and his stint in Farmer City, Scott was police chief in the village of Dwight from 1984-1987. 

Scott, who will be paid $27 per hour, said in the next month, the department will look to add at least one full-time officer and possibly some part-time help. 

He also said he is looking to develop relationships with area departments, including the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office. 

Scott replaces chief Andrew Denno, who left the city in December before threatening lawsuit against the city.

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