Richard Eddington.

Next week will mark the start of a big transition in Evanston’s Police Department. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is scheduled to announce the city’s new police chief on Tuesday and retiring chief Richard Eddington will be honored on Friday.

The new chief’s identity hasn’t been announced, although City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, in referring to the finalists who were recently interviewed for the position, did acknowledge that all of the finalists are men.

Tuesday’s announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Fire Department Training Room, 909 Lake St.

The new chief will face a variety of challenges — from budget constraints that led to a decision to hold four police officer positions vacant next year, through decisions about implementing a consultant’s report that suggests additional potential staffing reductions and a report from a citizens advisory committee delivered this week that calls for restructuring how the department handles complaints about officers’ conduct.

The gathering for Eddington on Friday, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Parasol Room of the Civic Center, will thank him for his 11 years of service as the city’s police chief, the culmination of a 44-year career in law enforcement.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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