Saying he wants to “continue my service to the citizens of Peoria,” former Assistant Police Chief Mike Eddlemon announced his candidacy for 4th District City Councilman in the 2017 municipal election.
”I’m running because I want to put my skills as a problem-solver and innovator to work for the citizens of the 4th District and all of Peoria,” Eddlemon said. “My entire career has been in public service and this is a logical next step to give back to the community.”
Eddlemon started his service to the City of Peoria at the age of 16 as a Peoria Police Explorer and officially joined the Peoria Police Department at the age of 21. He enjoyed a very fulfilling career serving in the Peoria Housing Authority as a Detective in the Child Advocacy Center, Vice and Drugs and the Target Offender Unit. Eddlemon was also a member and eventually Commander of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, served as a member of the Honor Guard and as an instructor teaching Mobile Field Force, and Juvenile Law and Procedures. He served on the State’s Child Death review team and co-authored legislation mandating reporting of suspected child abuse to law enforcement.
Eddlemon served as Treasurer for the Police Benevolent Protective Association of Illinois and as President of the Peoria Police Benevolent Association. He retired from the Peoria Police Department as Assistant Police Chief in January 2016 and is currently a Global Account Director for Pinkerton working in Peoria.
As the President of the Peoria Police Benevolent, Eddlemon implemented the 1st Shop with a Cop program which is still active. He also negotiated several contracts as union president and one as Assistant Chief which gives him a unique perspective for labor-management relations.
As Assistant Police Chief, Eddlemon worked with a small group of police officers and re-instituted the Police Explorer program, renewing our charter with the Boy Scouts of America. He also worked to re-institute the Cadet Program for the police and fire departments, providing job opportunities along with educational opportunities allowing the city to recruit and train our future police officers and firefighters from children and young adults living in Peoria.
Eddlemon’s platform includes a prioritization of basic city services. “We need to establish goals and provide leadership along with clear direction while holding people accountable,” Eddlemon said. “We have to make Peoria a place where people want to work and live in a very competitive environment.”
Eddlemon said he is concerned about the quality of life in the 4th District especially where rental properties and tenants negatively impact some neighborhoods. He also wants to prioritize public safety, infrastructure and small business growth. “We need Peoria to be a haven for small business owners and entrepreneurs and must do what we can through regulatory reform or incentives to stimulate more growth. We can’t put all our chips on attracting large employers. Small business is the engine for growth, jobs and investment.”
Eddlemon was raised in Peoria and has lived in the 4th District the majority of his life. He attended Peoria public schools and graduated from Richwoods High School. He also graduated from Illinois Central College and attended Sangamon State University and the University of Illinois Springfield. He is happily married to his wife Tami for 22 years and they have 3 children: Alex (19), Orion (17) and Kati (14). His family are members of St. Philomena Catholic Church and his children attended St. Philomena Grade School and Peoria Notre Dame High School.