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Washington Police Officer Gets Promoted | Southeast Iowa Union

Investigator Brian VanWilligen (left) was promoted to sergeant in June. Washington Police Chief Jim Lester announced the change at a July 2 City Council meeting, presenting him with a certificate of promotion. (Kalen McCain/The Union)

WASHINGTON — Brian VanWilligen was promoted to sergeant last month after 19 years with the city police, five of which he spent as an investigator.

Police Chief Jim Lester made the announcement at a city council meeting last week.

“He has performed admirably as an investigator over the past five years and we look forward to having him join our leadership team,” Lester said.

In a social media post, Lester wrote that VanWilligen’s work “resulted in the successful prosecution of several criminal cases,” adding that the officer’s law enforcement experience — including time before serving in Washington — totals 30 years.

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