The choice to replace retired Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson will come down to two outsiders and an insider.
The insider is Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann, who has been with the Rockford Police Department serving in various roles since 1993, and is currently serving as the department’s primary media liaison. His resume contains a long list of local references including Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana.
The outsiders in consideration are the current police chief of Racine, WI and Operations Bureau Commander for the City of Elgin.
Arthel Howell has been the Chief of Police of Racine since 2012, and a member of that police department since 1995. He is the only finalist with Chief of Police experience, running a department only somewhat smaller than Rockford’s Police Department.
Daniel O’Shea has been Operations Bureau Commander since January of 2015, a position which reports directly to Elgin’s Chief of Police. He’s been with the Elgin Police Department since 1999, and has also done some work with Rockford’s Air One Emergency Response Team.
The public can meet the finalists at an Open House being held at the Nordlof Center, 118 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The finalists will be subjected to a day-long intensive assessment process by the Fire and Police Commission the following day.
All three resumes can be found at the links below: