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I joined the Marseilles Police Department at the age of 21 on February 14th 1975 as a patrol officer and served as the department’s juvenile officer. 

I was promoted to Assistant Chief & Investigator in May of 1979. In 1984 I was appointed Acting Chief and served in that position for 9 months until a permanent chief was selected.  I had already made a decision to advance my career to the state and left as Assistant Chief in February of 1985.  I continued to work for the Marseilles Police Department on a part time basis for the next 15 years.

When I left Marseilles I joined the State Fire Marshal's Office as a Special Agent in the Arson Division.  In 1989 I was promoted to Commander of Northern Illinois, supervising the northern field agents.  I and two other agents went to the State Fire Marshal with the idea of forming a K-9 Unit.  There wasn't any money available so we diligently worked to obtained two dogs, get their training, certification, equipment, food, and veterinarians to care for them at no expense to the tax payers.  I then took on the responsibility of Supervising the K-9 Unit.  

The K-9 Unit is still in existence today, and now, I believe has four dogs.

I continued my career with the state doing Internal Affairs Work and after 911 was appointed to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

Although I choose several years ago to advance my career to the state level; my heart has always been with the City of Marseilles and the Marseilles Police Department.  I was given my start in Marseilles and began my career here.  Now as I have aged a couple years and am looking to the day when I will retire.  I could not be more honored than having run for city council, being elected and appointed to oversee the department where I commenced my career.  

I want to continue to do my best to serve the citizens of Marseilles and make the Marseilles Police Department one of the best.  

It has been a pleasure to serve the community I love so dearly both as a police officer, police commissioner as well as firemen and assistant fire chief.

I encourage you to visit the Marseilles Police Department Web site at www.marseillespd.com  review and get to know the staff, check for community events and crime prevention tips.  If you have information on a past crime or any illicit activity you can report it on our crime tip link or call our toll free hot line.  All information obtained is confidential and cash rewards will be paid for valid information.

Please fill out the citizen’s survey and let us know how we are doing.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Jim Hollenbeck
Mayor
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What Is A Friend?

A friend is someone you hold dear:
Someone who is always there, through thick and thin;
Someone who is only a phone call away.


A friend is someone you can always rely on:
Someone who is there to share your thoughts with;
Someone to listen, no matter the subject.

A friend is someone you can feel comfortable with:
Someone you can sit silently beside, without conversation;
Someone you do not need to fill the quiet moments with.


A friend is someone you can trust:
Someone who will guard your deepest secrets;
Someone who will never let you down.


A friend is someone who is not judgmental:
Someone who will gently offer advice and opinions,
Yet, someone who is not overbearing or critical.


A friend is someone who can keep you grounded:
Someone who can help you see through your obstacles;
Someone to shoulder you through life's trials.

A friend is someone who shares unconditionally:
Someone to laugh and to cry with;
Someone to lean on, through both the good and the bad.

A friend is someone you choose wisely,
For a friend is your own-mirrored image:
Someone to compliment your own self;
Someone who indicates who you are as a person.

A friend.... is what you were to me. 
2008 Shop with a Cop
"A Part of America Died" 
  
Somebody killed a policeman today, 
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
with counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
and spend many long, lonely nights.

The beat that he walked was a battle field too,
just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all,
and a part of America died.

©1984 America Police Hall of Fame
North Port, Florida
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