Following nearly twenty-seven years of dedicated service to the City of Rochelle, Police Chief Eric Higby has announced his upcoming retirement from the Rochelle Police Department.
Chief Higby started his career with the Rochelle Police Department in August of 1996 following his graduation from Western Illinois University. Upon completion of the Police Training Institute, Higby was assigned to the Ogle County Narcotics Unit and then to the Patrol Unit. In 2001, he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2006 to Deputy Chief. In 2009, Higby was sworn in as Chief of Police.
“We’ve seen many changes over the years in policing,” said Higby. “I am most proud of the work my department has done to provide closure and peace to families and the community following a crime.”
In his years with the Police Department, he completed two elite training programs: the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy. He also served on the Board of Directors for HOPE of Ogle County and Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center for over ten years.
“My sincerest thanks to Chief Higby for his service to the citizens of Rochelle,” said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh. “A twenty-seven-year career in law enforcement is a proud accomplishment.”
Following his retirement, Chief Higby looks forward to slowing down, spending time with his family and having more time for hobbies.
The community is invited to attend a retirement celebration for Chief Higby on Tuesday April 4 in the City Hall County Chambers from 3-5pm.