Geneseo appoints new Deputy Chief of Police

Kondon "Gene" Karzin

GENESEO, Ill. (KWQC) - The city of Geneseo has a new Deputy Chief of Police after he was appointed by the city council on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

From the city of Geneseo:

"The City of Geneseo is pleased to announce that Kondon “Gene” Karzin was appointed as the first Geneseo Deputy Chief of Police by the City Council at its regular meeting on October 9, 2018. Deputy Chief Karzin was recommended for this appointment by the Chief of Police Casey Disterhoft after an extensive assessment process took place. Officer Karzin has been with the Geneseo Police Department since April 2018. Previously Karzin spent the majority of his career with the City of Rock Island Police Department from 1988-2012. During his years in Rock Island, Karzin held many positions including K-9 Officer, Team Leader of the A.T.F. Quad Cities Task Force for the Central District of Illinois, Patrol Officer and a Major Crimes Investigator. After his retirement from Rock Island he served from 2012-2018 as a Staff Investigator with the U.S. Federal Courts, Office of the Federal Defender in Davenport. Karzin will be sworn in at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole Meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Karzin was hired at a salary of $75,000. The Deputy Chief is a newly created non-union, salaried exempt position. Karzin was selected from an applicant pool of three other internal candidates currently working for the Geneseo Police Department.

Geneseo Police Chief Casey Disterhoft issued a statement:
Deputy Chief Karzin brings a wealth of experience in the law enforcement field with the many positions he has held throughout his career thus far. Gene’s commitment to Geneseo and its citizens is clear and he is ready to take on this new leadership position. Gene has made a lasting impact on the many organizations he has been a part of including being the Founding President of the Quad Cities Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and, along with another Officer, started the Quad Cities Senior Christmas Lights Tour. I look forward to working with Deputy Chief Karzin and together forging a positive and proactive community policing strategy into the future.

Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda also issued a statement:
Along with the City Council, I completely support Chief Disterhoft’s recommendation to appoint Officer Kondon “Gene” Karzin as the first Deputy Chief of Police. Chief Disterhoft and Deputy Chief Karzin will be a great compliment to each other and Gene will be a great asset to the Department and Geneseo. Congratulations to Gene."