Steven Pugh new Rockford Police Chief
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has named Steven Pugh as the new chief of police for the city of Rockford.
Pugh, a 28-year veteran of the Police Department, has served as deputy chief of administration since 1997. He replaces Police Chief Jeff Nielsen, who announced plans to retire early next year.
Pughs duties in his police career have included planning security for On The Waterfront, assisting development of the operational plan for the 1994 KKK rally, and assisting development of the canine and bike patrol units. Pugh has also served as commander of the Rockford Police SWAT team.
Mayor Doug Scott said, Im thrilled by Chief Pughs selection. We had several excellent candidates for chief within the department, and I look forward to working with Steve.
Pughs selection by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners followed months of testing and interviews. Pugh will be sworn in as police chief at the city council meeting Jan. 6.