Champaign Police Lieutenant Bruce Ramseyer to Retire

Champaign Police Lieutenant Bruce Ramseyer has announced his retirement following 25 years of service to the City of Champaign. Ramseyer’s last day will be Friday, Dec. 18.

“It has been an honor to have worked in this noble profession with such great people and committed law enforcement professionals at the Champaign Police Department,” said Ramseyer. “I am thankful to my family, friends, and coworkers for helping me along in my career, and to the many members of the community who have allowed me to serve this city that I proudly call home. I walk away a happy man with many positive relationships and memories that will last me a lifetime.”

Ramseyer was hired as a patrol officer in October 1995. Prior to that he served four years in the United States Army after earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University in law enforcement administration. During his service to the City of Champaign, Ramseyer has been instrumental in the training and development of probationary officers; responsible for managing complex crime scenes; advancing the department’s community engagement initiative; and supervising the daily activities of the four different patrol shifts – among many others. The positions he has held include:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Downtown Walking Unit
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Crime Scene Unit Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Commander
  • Professional Standards Lieutenant
  • Patrol Lieutenant


The 2006 Champaign Police Officer of the Year, Ramseyer is widely known for his positive spirt, sense of humor and putting his fellow officers and the community above himself. He’s been the recipient of several department commendations and was presented the 2011 Distinguished leadership Award by Chief of Police Anthony Cobb. Throughout his distinguished career, he helped plan, coordinate and volunteer for several Special Olympics Fundraisers and became one of WIXY radio’s most popular recurring guest for more than a decade.

“Bruce has always understood the importance of relationships and community engagement, bringing law enforcement and our residents closer together through education, volunteering, social media, department tours and any other way possible — if a laugh or smile was in order, Lt. Ramseyer was on the call,” said Chief Cobb. “The positive impact he has made on our department and the community is nearly impossible to measure. His leadership, mentorship and selfless public safety service will be missed by thousands across our city, and we wish him the very best in retirement.”