Police Chief James Hovious

Chief Hovious started his law enforcement career with the Marseilles Police Department in 1989. He attended The University of Illinois Police Training Institute where he graduated with honors including the recipient of Warren Award and Academic Achievement. After graduation Hovious worked as a patrol officer. Chief Hovious worked his way up through the ranks. He was promoted from patrolman to Sergeant and then to Assistant Chief. Most of his early career he was assigned to investigations. In 1999 he was appointed Chief of Police.

Chief Hovious is a 2000 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy 202 Session, and an Illinois Association of Police Certified Police Chief. He is a certified Juvenile Officer, Field Training Officer, Self-Defense Instructor, and Investigator. He is a member of the F.B.I. National Academy Association, Illinois Chiefs of Police, International Chiefs of Police, and is the past president of the Illinois Valley Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Hovious is married and has three children, a son and twin daughters. His wife is a kindergarten teacher for Seneca Grade School. His son is a graduate of St. Ambrose University and is employed as a Network Security Specialist for John Deere. His daughters are students at St. Ambrose University pursuing degrees in Elementary Education. He has a Golden Retriever as a pet. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing. He is an avid knife maker and has J. Hovi Knives as a small business.