Police Roster

Administration

General responsibilities:

  • Providing overall direction and vision to the agency and personnel
  • Ensuring the quality of the police service delivered to the residents of Rochelle is at the highest level
  • Managing the budget and equipment, administering policy and procedure
  • Researching, planning, maintaining training standards and records
  • Preparing annual reports and statistical data, overseeing community related programs
  • Addressing community concerns and complaints

 

Chief
Eric Higby

Chief Higby joined the department in 1996. He has training in Terrorism, Critical Incident Response, School Violence and Personnel Management. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. He is a graduate of both the Northwestern University's School of Staff and Command and the 234th session of the FBI National Academy. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Shining Star Children's Advocacy Center.

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Deputy Chief
Jeff Leininger

Deputy Chief. Leininger joined the department in 1998. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department. He supervises the Sergeants, Detectives and Communications Supervisor.  He has training in Homicide Investigation, Juvenile Law, Interviewing and Interrogation, Photography, Medical First Responder, ERT, Breath Alcohol Testing and Critical Response. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Staff and Command. Leininger serves on the Ogle-Lee Crime Stoppers Board. 

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Investigations Division
 

Detectives assigned to this division are responsible for follow-up investigations, maintenance of community programs including safety talks, and conducting special enforcement initiatives.  As a result of their unique abilities and specialized training, these individuals are tasked with solving cases that are generally too time consuming  for the patrol division to handle.  These cases can range from juvenile offenses to homicides.  Regular interaction with the patrol division ensures a high case clearance rate via a unified department.

 

Detective
Terry Inman

Inman joined the department in 2001.  He is assigned to the Detective Division.  He has training in Domestic Terrorism, Drug and Gang Investigation, Homicide Investigation, and Sex Crimes.  He serves as a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Task Force, ILEAS Mobile Field Force and Child Death Review Team.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration and a Master of Science in Biosecurity-Disaster Preparedness.

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Detective
John Kaltenbach

Kaltenbach joined the department in 2004. He is assigned to the Detective Division. He has training in Vehicle Reclamations, Homicide Investigations, Interview and Interrogation, Ground Fighting, Breath Alcohol Operator, Juvenile Law, Taser instructor, and is a member of the Emergency Response Team. He holds and Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Detective
Brian Albers

Detective Albers joined the department in 2002. In 2004 he was assigned to the Detective Division, during which time he has worked narcotic investigations, and was assigned to the State Line Area Narcotic’s Team “SLANT” for 3 years. He also has specialized training in gang investigation, homicide investigations, interview and interrogation, breath alcohol operator, and juvenile law.  He has served as a field training officer for the department and Electronic Criminal Surveillance Officer.

 

 

 

Patrol Division

The Patrol Divison is the largest and most visible part of the department.  Some of the calls for service handled by patrol may include emergency medical calls, neighbor disputes, disturbances, animal complaints and criminal offenses.  One of the goals of this division is to assist in making Rochelle a safe environment for those who reside in or travel through our city.  We strive to achieve this goal through directed or routine patrols, and by interacting with the public.

 

Sergeant

Phil Frankenberry

Sgt. Frankenberry joined the department in 1998. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in S.W.A.T., Critical Incident Response, Rapid Deployment, Juvenile Law, Drug Investigations and truck weight enforcement. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and served four years in the United States Air Force. He is also a graduate of the 274th session of the FBI National Academy.

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Sergeant

Jason Bergeron

Sgt. Bergeron joined the department in 2000. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in Juvenile Law, Breath Alcohol Operator, Gang and Drug Investigation, Field Sobriety Testing, Interview and Interrogation and Computer Crimes. He serves as a Firearms Instructor. He has his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, and he served four years in the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.

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Sergeant

William Haan

Sgt. Haan joined the department in 2003. In 2019, he became a graduate of Northwestern university’s School of Police Staff and Command.He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in Breath Alcohol Operator, Sex Offender Registration, Supervision, Rapid Deployment, Leadership, Complete Traffic Stops, Field Interviews, Search and Seizure, Patrol Tactics, Interview and Interrogation, and is trained in Juvenile Law.

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Sergeant

Chester Smith

Sgt. Smith joined the department in 2002. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in Supervision, Juvenile Law, Breath Alcohol Operator, D.U.I. Enforcement, Sex Offender Registration, Rapid Deployment, and Interview and Interrogation and he supervises the department's fleet maintenance program.

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Officer
Aaron Rodabaugh

Rodabaugh joined the department in 2001. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He is a Field Training Officer and has training in Field Sobriety Testing, Breath Alcohol Operator, Rapid Deployment, Interview and Interrogation, Accident Investigation and Juvenile Law. He served four years in the United States Marines as an MP. He has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Officer
Matthew Wittenberg

Wittenberg joined the department in 2004.  He serves on the Emergency Response Team and he is a firearms and less-lethal shotgun instructor.  In addition, he has received specialized training in Tactical Interactions, S.W.A.T., and Patrol Tactics.  He won the department’s A.A.I.M. award for three consecutive three years for having the most D.U.I. arrests and he was recognized again in 2012 by A.A.I.M. for his efforts.

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Officer
Jim Gilliam

Gilliam joined the department in 2005 and is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in S.W.A.T., Gang Investigations, Breath Alcohol Operator, Excited Delirium and Juvenile Law.  He serves as a member of the Emergency Response Team, is a Taser Instructor and is a Field Training Officer.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.  He was recognized by A.A.I.M. in 2012 for his D.U.I. arrests.

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Officer
James Jakymiw

Jakymiw joined the department in 2007. He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in Juvenile Law, Hazmat, Taser, Police Spanish, L.E.A.D.S. and Breath Alcohol Operator.  He holds a B.S. Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. He is currently the SRO at Rochelle Middle School and is a certified Safety Seat Tech.

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Officer
Matthew Gerard

Gerard joined the department in 2007 and is assigned to the patrol division.  He is a certified Juvenile Officer and has received specialized training in S.W.A.T., M-16, Tactical Interactions, and serves as a member of the Emergency Response Team.

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Officer
Elvis Baneski

Baneski joined the department in 2008.  He is assigned to the Patrol Divisionand serves as one of the department’s K-9 handlers.  He has training in Complete Traffic Stops, Rapid Deployment and is a Certified Juvenile Officer.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  He had the highest number of D.U.I. arrests for the department in 2019, and was recognized by A.A.I.M.

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Officer
Joe Sester

Sester joined the department in 2011.  He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in Patrol Tactics, Complete Traffic Stops, truck weight enforcement and has prior police experience.

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Officer
Ryan Beery

Officer Beery joined the department in 2014 and has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. Ryan is also a certified juvenile officer, and has received training in police spanish, OC, Taser and FTO. He is a gang specialist , became a k9 officer in 2016 , breath alcohol operator , trained in interview and interrogation.

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Officer
Ryan Kovacs

Officer Kovacs joined the department in 2015. Ryan has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology from NIU. He has received training in search and seizure, control tactics, impact weapons, taser, OC, PBT-BAO, enhanced patrol techniques, FEMA first responder, field sobriety testing and drugged driver detection, Medical Marijuana Enforcement Gang Crime Specialist training, , police Spanish and completed 200 hours through the State of Illinois Correctional Officer Academy.  He is also a Field Training Officer.

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Officer
Peter Pavia

Officer Pavia joined the department in 2019. He has been in Law Enforcement since 1997. He attended Northwestern university’s School of Police Staff and Command and recently completed the basic school resource officer thru ISP. He is certified in LEADS, Hazmat, Legal updates, use of force, civil & human rights, and trauma.  He is also certified in crisis intervention, advanced homicide investigation, a carbine instructor, juvenile officer, use of force instructor, and evidence technician. Officer Pavia is currently serving as the School Resource Officer at RTHS.

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Officer
Trevor Owen

Officer Trevor Owen joined the Police Department in 2015 as a 911 Dispatcher. In 2019 Officer Owen was Hired as a Patrol Officer by Kirkland Police Department which he attended the Part-Time Police Academy at the Illinois Valley Crime Prevention Commission Academy. As Officer Owen completed his training, he also worked Part- Time as an Officer with Genoa Police Department. In 2020 he was hired as a full time Patrol Officer for the City of Rochelle. He attended a two-week transition course to become full time certified through the state at Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. Officer Owen has received training in Complete Traffic Stops, fingerprint and tool impression extractions, control tactics, taser, CPR, and Force on Force Simunition. 

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Officer
Cassie Rogers

Officer Rogers joined the department in 2013 as a 911 Telecommunicator.  In September of 2020 she was hired as a full-time Patrol Officer.  She completed Police Academy at MCLETC, earning the Commander's Choice Award.  Cassie has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and served in the United States Army.  She has received training in complete traffic stops, search & seizure, control tactics, impact weapons, taser, hazmat, CPR, AED and has received severe weather spotter training.  She is also a certified Child Safety Seat Technician.

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Communications Division

The Communications Division serves as a public safety answering point (PSAP) for the City of Rochelle, and provides emergency and non-emergency radio and telephone communications for the police and fire departments.  Dispatchers utilize an enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) system and computer aided dispatch (CAD) to rapidly and efficiently perform their duties.

 

Communications Supervisor

Luisa Nambo

CS Nambo joined the department in 2003 and is in charge of the Communications Division is a bilingual certified Center Manager. She serves as a FOIA Officer, LEADS Coordinator and CAD Administrator. She has training in LEADS, Incident Command, Communications Training Officer, Fire Dispatch, Law Enforcement Dispatch, EMD Dispatch, Active Attack Integrated Response, Active Shooter, Hostage negotiations, Suicide Intervention, Ogle County Siren Operations, OnStar, CPR, AED, Pipeline Emergency Response, and 9-1-1 Liability. She has Advanced Strangulation Prevention training and is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional.

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Dispatcher
Cory Beck

Dispatacher Beck joined the Department in 2004. She is a training officer and certified LEADS operator along with 911 Dispatch, Incident Command, Pipeline Emergency Response, Hazmat, IL-Tert, strangulation, active shooter, stress identification, 911 liability and domestic violence. She is CPR, AED certified along with On-Star, advanced law enforcement and fire dispatch, EMD and TTY. 

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Dispatcher
Robin Olszewski

Dispatcher Olszewski joined the Department in 2007. He is certified in LEADS, Advanced Law Enforcement, Fire dispatch, EMD dispatch, CPR, AED, 911 Dispatch, Hostage negotiations, Incident command, active shooter, Domestic violence, Suicide intervention, On-STAR, Severe weather, Pipeline Emergency Response and Ogle County Siren Operations.  He is also a Certified Child Safety Seat Technician and a Training Officer.

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Dispatcher
Senada Ajvazi-Moreau

Dispatcher Ajvazi-Moreau joined the Department in 2015. She is certified in LEADS, advanced law enforcement and fire dispatch, EMD, CPR, AED, On-Star, TTY, 911 dispatch, along with Ogle County Siren Operations.  Ajvazi-Moreau has also received specialized training in strangulation and severe weather spotter training.

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Dispatcher
Alison Owen

Dispatcher Owen has been with our Department since 2018. She is certified in LEADS, Advanced Law Enforcement dispatch, Fire dispatch, EMD, 911 dispatch, CPR, AED, On-Star, TTY, Hazmat, Call Assessment, and Ogle County Siren Operations.  She has also received Advanced Strangulation Prevention Training and is Training officer.

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Dispatcher
Abby Young

Dispatcher Young joined the Department in 2019 part time and in 2020 went full time.  She is certified in LEADS, advanced law enforcement and fire, EMD, 911 Dispatch, CPR, AED, On-Star along with Ogle County Siren Operations and severe weather. 

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Dispatcher

Emma Smith

Dispatcher Smith joined the Department in 2020 part time and in 2021 went full time.  She is certified in LEADS, Advanced Law Enforcement dispatch, Fire dispatch, EMD dispatch, 911 Dispatch, CPR, AED, Ogle County Siren Operations and Severe weather.

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