Champaign Deputy Police Chief Joseph Gallo has retired from the Champaign Police Department after 24 years of devoted public and police service to the Champaign community. His official retirement date is today, Dec. 11, 2018.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside the extraordinary men and women of the Champaign Police Department, and I’m grateful to everyone who helped make my career in law enforcement such a fulfilling journey,” said Gallo. “Although it is difficult to say goodbye, I am ready for what’s next and I know the department will continue to excel under Chief Cobb’s leadership and the talented and committed officers who keep us safe. I look forward to continuing to call Champaign home.”
Deputy Chief Gallo joined the Champaign Police Department in 1994 as a police officer. He was one of the first officers hired under the Experienced Officer Hiring Program, having previously worked for Lincolnshire (Ill.) Police Department (91-94), and the Illinois State University Police Department (90-91). He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, Lieutenant in 2002 and then Deputy Police Chief in 2012. During his tenure, his duties, among others, have included serving as a Detective and a member on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. He would later serve as the SWAT Team Commander. Additionally, he has overseen the Investigations Division, Professional Standards Division and was a member on the Use of Force Review Committee.
Deputy Chief Gallo is a graduate of Illinois State University and throughout his career obtained additional degrees from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff & Command and the FBI National Academy.
His commitment to excellence has strengthened the department’s community-police relations, increased professional standards and led to new strategies and tactics to proactively reduce crime. He has received several commendations throughout his 24 years for his high levels of professionalism, strong ethics and commitment to community service. Aside from being recognized by his peers, he has been recognized for his work by the State’s Attorney’s office, the Secretary of State’s office, citizens and local schools.
“Deputy Chief Gallo has served Champaign for 24 years with class and distinction, and we are a safer community because of his leadership,” said Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb. “On behalf of the Champaign Police Department, our residents, business leaders and city leadership, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Deputy Chief Gallo for all he has done. We are a stronger department and live in a more enjoyable city because of his service.”