Grubbs sheds interim label, named police chief

A local community is turning to a familiar face to be its new top cop.

After 13 months as interim chief, Jeff Grubbs is now officially Carbondale’s chief of police.

After two stints as interim police chief, it didn’t take long for Jeff Grubbs to address why he was the man for the job this time around.

"Well, I didn’t get an offer last time," said Grubbs.

During the previous 13 months some questioned whether Grubbs was eligible for the full-time position given his residency.

"We’ve been in compliance with residency for the last 24 years. We’ll be in compliance for the rest of my career," said Grubbs.

That’s the least of Harvey Welch Jr.’s concerns with the new chief, who he says has serious work to do in the community.

"What I hope he will implement is involving the entire force in what our community does," said Welch. "When things are happening in the community, I want the police involved."

In the past some have taken issue with the Carbondale Police Department’s lack of transparency on high profile cases. 

Grubbs says by building relationships within the community, he can open more doors in the department.

"We have to be considerate but, to the extent that we are able to release information, we always have, and we always will. But we will make sure that we are following the legal processes in doing just that," said Grubbs.

Despite requests from the attorney general’s office, the newly appointed chief didn’t say if or when he would release documents in the Molly Young case.

Carbondale City Manager Kevin Baity wouldn’t release the name of the other finalist.

Baity did say that Grubbs would make more than the listed minimum salary of $95,000.

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