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By CAROL THILMONY
Rantoul Press correspondent
FISHER — The Fisher Village Board has hired a new police chief.
He is Steven Bein 49, who most recently has worked as a part-time Gibson City police officer. Bein worked full time as a police officer from 1988-1995.
Bein worked both in Piatt County and Bement. He joined the Gibson City force full-time in 2000 and then worked as a part-time officer there from 2008 to the present.
He has also served 31 years in the military, including the Illinois National Guard as well as six years as a battalion officer in active duty with the Army Reserve, doing two tours of duty in Iraq..
Bein and his wife, Elaine, have three children. The oldest, Anastasia, is a teacher at Danville High. Joseph is a worship leader at Gibson City Bible Church, and their youngest is Daniel, a first-grader.
Bein was the only certified bicycle patrol officer in Gibson and is considering offering to purchase the bike so he can do some of the same patrolling in Fisher. He said he thought it would be a very good way to approach policing during Fisher’s summer fair. He is working on a master’s degree in criminal justice science.
Bein considers becoming the police chief in a small town to be “the top of my dream sheet.”
He hopes to try to make a difference by helping and serving and aiding Fisher to grow.
Bein replaces Charlie Shepard who is retiring. Bein will work about five days with Shepard to learn about policing in the village. Bein is the third chief to succeed long-time chief Doug Zook who retired several years ago.
The village has a residency requirement, and Bein said he plans to move to Fisher soon.