Police Chief's Bio

Matthew Blomberg                                                                                                                          

Chief of Police

Chief PhotoChief Matthew Blomberg DSN 15

Chief Blomberg joined the Swansea Police Department in 1999. He graduated from the Belleville Area College (now Southwestern Illinois College) Police Academy Session 72. Upon graduation, he was assigned to patrol, where he received numerous awards for DUI enforcement. In 2004, he completed Basic SWAT School at the Springfield, IL Police Academy and later joined the St. Clair County Regional Special Response Team in 2010. Chief Blomberg was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and served as a Patrol Commander as well as completed his tour with the St. Clair County SRT as a Team Leader. In January 2020, Chief Blomberg was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.

During his career, Chief Blomberg served the department as a PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, Taser Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, Active Shooter Instructor, Law Enforcement Supply Office (LESO) Coordinator, Internship Director, and Operations Commander. He also served on the ILEAS Mobile Field Force where he finished his assignment as a Team Leader.

Chief Blomberg grew up in Belleville in the 1980s while his family was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. He attended Tufts University in Medford, MA where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology in 1995. In 2016, he graduated from the Illinois Law Enforcement and Training Board Executive Institute for Police Executive Role in the 21st Century and also attended the Executive Summit for Managing the Small Law Enforcement Agency. Chief Blomberg attended the FBI National Academy Session 283 in Quantico, VA from which he graduated in September 2022. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Safety degree through the University of Virginia. Chief Blomberg has been married since 1998 and has a son and daughter.