Chiefs Redd and Pankow Met the Public at League-sponsored Zoom Meeting, Oct. 17

Redd and Pankow to Run Rockford Police and Fire Departments

The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford held a forum Rockford’s new Police Chief, Carla Redd, and new Fire Chief, Michelle Pankow, on Sunday, October 17, 2021.   

The LWVGR Local Government Committee, chaired by Terri Schierer,hosted a Zoom meeting with Chiefs Redd and Pankow, moderated by League member Mary McNamara Bernsten. They are the first women to hold these positions in Rockford’s history. It is also the first time the Rockford Police Department will be led by a person of color.  

Each Chief shared their vision and answered a few pre-submitted questions.

The program was held virtually on Sunday, October 17, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. 

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