Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 26, 2009

District 12 meets new state police director

Most Illinois State Police District 12 personnel turned out Wednesday to welcome Jonathan Monken, the recently appointed director of Illinois State Police.

Monken mingled through the crowd of uniformed officers and other personnel striking up interest and lively conversation among those present.

Following his appointment by Gov. Pat Quinn, Monken is taking it upon himself to visit all 21 state police district’s throughout the state.

For the 29-year-old Monken who has never worked in law enforcement, he feels the visits are an opportunity to meet all the people within the Illinois State Police.

According to Monken, he is not overly political and feels he will bring fresh perspective to the job.

Monken is a West Point graduate with two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Kosovo. Following his service, he worked as a recruiter for the Illinois National Guard.

“I didn’t come from a political background,” said Monken. “I do feel like my combat experience has provided me with the leadership skills needed for this job.”

According to Monken, fielding questions from District 12 officers on concerns ranging from a lack of squad car quality, possibility of tasers being implemented for use by troopers and the general state of the budget helped him keep troopers’ interests as a priority.

“I’ll being taking a trip like this every week until I visit all 21 districts,” said Monken. “It will probably take me until the end of the year.”

District 12 Lt. Rick Britton saw many positive attributes in the visit.

“It was a great opportunity for our troopers to meet the director,” said Britton. “Some of the younger guys have never met a director.”

Having outlined District 12’s tactical plan and goals for the upcoming fiscal year, Britton feels Monken knows there are many things the district hopes to achieve.

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