Assistant Deputy Police Chief Pat Hoey has been chosen, by the Rockford Fire and Police Commission, to act as interim Police Chief. The vote was unanimous. He’ll fill in while a permanent Police Chief is sought to replace retiring Chief Chet Epperson, who retires on Friday.
The Commission made its decision after interviewing three candidates, which also included Deputy Chief David Hopkins and Lt. Shawn Ross.
In applying for and accepting the interim role, Hoey cannot be a candidate for the permanent position.
Hoey recently completed a several week training course put on by the FBI in Quantico, VA, and also acts as a police liaison with the news media.
The process for choosing a permanent Police Chief has not been finalized yet, and the Mayor and City Council are discussing whether to conduct the process themselves or leave the process to the Fire and Police Commission as has been done in the past. Chief Epperson was hired by the Commission nearly ten years ago by a 2-to-1 vote.