New Batavia Police Chief Chosen After Daniel Eul Announces Retirement

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BATAVIA, IL — After 26 years with the Batavia Police Department, Chief Daniel Eul announced his plans to retire, effective Sept. 12. Shawn Mazza, who most recently served as deputy chief, was appointed his replacement.

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke delivered the oath of office to Mazza at Monday night’s regular city council meeting.

Eul joined the department in 1996 as a patrol officer and later moved up the organization to serve as a sergeant and deputy chief before being named chief in 2017. When holding the title of deputy chief, Eul helped shape policy and move the department forward by implementing innovative practices and new technologies, city officials said.

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The retired chief has also been recognized for outstanding service to the community throughout his career. He received the Officer of the Year Award in 2000, the Medal of Valor in 2008, and the Fredrick G. Behner III Award in 2013 for his demonstration of loyalty, service and commitment to the department and community.

“Chief Eul has succeeded in enhancing the already high regard the community has for its police force,” Schielke said. “While we are certainly going to miss him as he begins a new chapter in his life, we will always be eternally grateful for his leadership in accepting the tremendous responsibility that it was to be Batavia’s Police Chief these last five years.”

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In addition to his service to Batavia, Eul served in the United States as a sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1991-97. He was called to serve again when he was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve and Illinois National Guard, where he held the rank of first lieutenant. In total, he spent six years — from 2003-2009 — with the U.S. Army Reserve.

“During his years as Chief, the department faced the most serious threats to public safety perhaps in the City’s entire history,” Batavia City Administrator Laura Newman said. “In every case, whether it was civil unrest, threats posed by armed individuals, or a global pandemic, Chief Eul called upon his experience, knowledge, and ability to lead in developing plans and countermeasures to ensure that citizens of Batavia were protected.”

A 23-year veteran of the department, Mazza has held various roles during his tenure: patrol officer, field training officer, patrol officer-in-charge, detective, detective sergeant and deputy chief. He previously served as a member of the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and has been an active volunteer with Special Olympics throughout his career.

Now as chief, Mazza will oversee a department of more than 50 staff members and a $7 million budget.

“I feel a great sense of pride in being named Batavia Police Chief. I am extremely fortunate to have gained knowledge and skills in my work within this organization, and I hope to continue to be an agent for positive change in this community,” Mazza said.

Born and raised in Naperville, Mazza holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Arizona State University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

“The City is fortunate to have Chief Mazza in this critical role. He is a dedicated leader who has made public safety of the citizens of Batavia and the men and women of the Batavia Police Department his top priority,” Newman said. “His extensive experience in both administrative and patrol roles, and his demonstrated commitment to our community, will ensure the Batavia Police Department is well-positioned for the future.”

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