It is official, Marion has a new police chief, but don't expect any major changes coming. The new chief is a familiar face in town. Richard Nighelli was sworn in during a private ceremony at the Marion Police station. Nighelli has served the Marion Police Department since 2003.

Marion's new chief was initially hired as a patrolman in 2003, receiving a promotion to sergeant four years later, then another to lieutenant in January of 2018.

Marion's last police chief, John Garcia, announced that he'd be retiring last February, kicking off the search began to find his replacement. The search didn't last long. In May, the town named Richard Nighelli acting chief, setting him up to assume official duty after Garcia retired last weekend.

Since he was named Marion's new Chief of Police, Naghilli says he's received nothing but love from the Marion community.

"Our department is fortunate to be part of a wonderful and supportive community. I have been overwhelmed by the support that I have received from the community, which means a lot to myself, my family and the department," he said. "As Chief, I will continue to ensure that the Marion Police Department provides professional, courteous and exceptional service to our residents."

Nighelli and his wife, Holly, have two children. The new chief credited his wife for her help and support of his career.

"Holly has supported all of my career advancements while putting her career on hold to raise our kids," Chief Nighelli said. "I am confident that without her support of my career and its often irregular schedule, achieving the position of Chief of Police would not have been possible."

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