Champaign police chief named president of state association

Champaign Police Chief R. T. Finney will be become the next President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, or ILACP, at their annual state conference June 24-26 at the I-Hotel in Champaign.

Finney said he was “very honored and humbled” to accept the position. As president of ILACP, he will represent nearly 1,200 police executives throughout the state. This is the first time that a police chief from Champaign will lead ILACP, according to a press release.

Finney has been the Champaign chief of police since 2003. Before that, he was the deputy chief in Quincy, Ill., and then the chief of police in Carbondale, Ill. He has been doing police work for 29 years.

The ILACP has been around since 1941 and deals with the certification and training of police executives, as well as promoting professionalism in police work, Finney said.