Rockford Police Union President Terry Peterson has announced his resignation, effective Monday morning.
Peterson cites frustration with the violent crime rate in Rockford and what he calls the administration’s “failed geographic policing.” He says there is no respect for Chief Chet Epperson or his administration, describing the department’s morale as “at an all-time low.”
In a statement of his resignation, Peterson says contributing to his decision was that members of City Council as well as an editorial in the Rockford Register Star called for his and Chief Epperson’s resignations.
Peterson continues in his statement saying, “After having discussed this with a few close friends and Aldermen it was concluded that by the stepping down, the Association is again taking the lead for the well-being of the department and community.”
Peterson’s resignation went into effect at 8 o’clock Monday morning.
Peterson tells Eyewitness News that he hopes Chief Epperson follows his lead, and also resigns. Peterson says, “I would hope that maybe the administration would take heed to (my resignation) as well. And if people feel this is a personal conflict (between Peterson and Epperson), then let’s get the personalities out of the way.”