Chief Eric Barden has served with the Zion Police Department since January 2002 and was appointed as Chief of Police in February 2021.
Chief Barden has served in a number of roles within the police department including, patrol, the bike unit, motorcycle unit, drug and gang detective,
sergeant and lieutenant prior to his appointment to Chief of Police.
Chief Barden grew up in Zion, was a graduate of Central Jr. High, and graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School.
Chief Barden has attended a number of specialized schools most notably the DEA investigator course
and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety – School of Police Staff and Command.
Chief Barden looks forward to the challenges as Chief of Police with some new and continuing initiatives to include,
leading a charge in combating crime through the use of technology as well as establishing meaningful relationships within the community
to promote stronger and clearer communication working towards a common goal.