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UWPlatteville hires new police chief
Marengo, Ill., police chief also has a law degree
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Marengo, Ill., police chief Joseph Hallman will take over as UWPlatteville police chief July 1. - photo by UWPlatteville

Joseph Hallman, currently the chief of police for the City of Marengo, Ill., has been selected as the next chief of police for UW–Platteville. 

Hallman will begin his duties on Friday, July 1.

“I have been to Platteville many times,” said Hallman. “It’s a great area and the people I have met are great. The police department is a very professional organization. That’s what stood out in my mind. I am looking forward to getting started.”

Hallman succeeds Scott Marquardt, who became the City of Milton police chief last June after a seven-year career at UW–Platteville. Jason Williams served as chief on an interim basis and will continue as a sergeant with the University Police Department.

Hallman has been with the Marengo Police Department since 1989, serving in various roles during that time, including dispatcher, patrol officer, sergeant, deputy chief and Emergency Management Agency coordinator. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience.

In addition, Hallman worked as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice department at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake College from 2003 to 2006.

From 2002 to 2005, he was a grant writing consultant for the Marengo Fire Protection District. He wrote and applied for several grants through the U.S. Fire Service Administration.

Hallman earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. He earned his master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo., and his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, Ill. 

 “We are excited to have Chief Hallman join us. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our campus,” said Rob Cramer, vice chancellor for Administrative Services. “I also thank Sgt. Jason Williams, who served so well as our interim police chief, and the entire department for stepping up and covering extra duties. They all performed their jobs admirably.”