Deputy chief takes experience to county

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Iasparro to become Sheriff’s Department deputy chief

More staff changes are occurring at the Rockford Police Department.

Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro announced his retirement from the department, effective June 2.

While Iasparro, a 35-year veteran, is leaving the department, he’s not abandoning law enforcement.

Iasparro will become deputy chief of Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau June 5.

Iasparro served as interim chief of the Rockford Police Department from November 2005 to April 2006, during two searches ultimately yielding Chief Chet Epperson.

Epperson described Iasparro as an asset to the department. He said the deputy chief “worked tirelessly to fight crime in this community.”

He said Iasparro’s new position would help strengthen connections with county law enforcement officials.

“This can only enhance our partnership with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department on our policing initiatives,” Epperson said.

During his stint as deputy chief, Iasparro was responsible for all criminal investigations.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey praised Iasparro’s performance.

“I thank him for his many years of commitment to public safety for our citizens,” Morrissey said.

Iasparro’s tenure, in addition to serving as interim chief, has included other interesting moments. Epperson has championed better police department data collection and management. But Iasparro’s data management skills have faced scrutiny.

He admitted helping destroy police files related to alleged Rockford Mafia members during the mid-1980s. While the files were destroyed during his administration, former Rockford Police Chief William Fitzpatrick said he was not aware of the purging. Fitzpatrick currently serves as chief of Glenview Police Department.

According to an earlier The Rock River Times story, Iasparro said the purging was part of a national effort to dispose of police files and reports unrelated to specific crimes and people.

From the May 17-23, 2006, issue

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