FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2021
ROBERT TURNER APPOINTED STREATOR CHIEF OF POLICE
Streator Deputy Police Chief Robert Turner has been appointed Chief of Police, effective February 1. He replaces former Chief Kurt Pastirik, who will retire from the Streator Police Department on January 31 after completing a 34-year law enforcement career.
Robert L. Turner, 51, is a Streator native, a graduate of Streator High School and an Army veteran. He has served 26 years with the Streator Police Department, beginning in 1994. In addition to performing patrol duties, Turner has served as a Field Training Officer, Canine Handler, Canine Supervisor, SWAT Team operator/sniper, Investigator and Investigations Supervisor. Turner was promoted to Sergeant in June, 2003 and Deputy Chief of Police in January, 2014. Turner is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Executive Management Program.
The City of Streator operates under the City Manager form of government in which the city manager appoints department heads. City Manager David Plyman says he appointed Turner to lead the Streator Police Department because he believes that Turner has demonstrated, through his job performance, his ability to assess problems and resolve them in a professional and ethical manner. Plyman says that Chief Turner is experienced in all facets of law enforcement and is committed to serving our community.
Turner lives in the Streator area with his wife, Krista. He is one of three police officers in his family. His father, Robert Turner, Sr., is a retired lieutenant from the Streator Police Department and his son, Taylor Turner, is a patrolman on the Bloomington, Illinois Police Department.