BATAVIA – Mayor Jeff Schielke will appoint Deputy Chief of Operations Daniel Eul to be the new chief of police at the Batavia City Council meeting May 1.
City aldermen are expected to confirm Schielke’s appointment of Eul, who is the head of the police department’s operations division.
Eul will replace Chief Gary Schira, who has been leading the Batavia Police Department for the past 11 years. Schira’s last day on the job will be May 3.
With the council’s concurrence, Schielke and City Administrator Laura Newman decided not to advertise for the position and instead chose to promote from within the department.
Schielke and Newman conducted interviews with applicants, and selected Eul for the city’s top law enforcement post.
Eul comes with a wealth of law enforcement and military experience.
He has been a police officer for more than 20 years, a news release from the city stated, and served 19 years as a commissioned infantry officer in the U.S. armed forces, including duty in Iraq.
Eul, of Batavia, has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice management from Aurora University, and a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University.
The Batavia Police Department has about 40 sworn officers.
Eul’s appointment is expected to produce a chain of further promotions within the department.