Local: Pann, two others named finalists for police chief

Staff Report

Douglas Pann, the Assistant Deputy Chief for the Rockford Police Department, is among three finalists to fill the post left by retired Police Chief Chet Epperson, the City of Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners announced Wednesday.

Also in the mix are Arthel Howell, the Chief of Police for the Racine, Wisc. department, and Daniel O’Shea, Operations Bureau Commander for the Elgin Police Department.

Pann has served with RPD since 1993, climbing the ranks from patrol officer to detective, sergeant and lieutenant, before assuming his current role in 2012. He is credited with being instrumental in the development of the city’s “geopolicing” strategy.

Howell has spent more than 20 years with the Racine Police Department, taking over as chief in 2012. O’Shea has worked in law enforcement since 1989, starting as a patrol officer with the Addison Police Department before moving to EPD in 1999.

Members of the public are invited to meet the finalists at an Open House being held at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. from 4-7 p.m.Tuesday, March 22.

The three finalists will be subjected to a day-long intensive assessment process the following day.  The Commission is expected to name the new Chief soon after the assessment process is complete.

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