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Legal Department Staff

Nicholas O. Meyer, Legal Director

nicholas.meyer@rockfordil.gov

Acts as chief legal counsel to all City departments, the City Council and the Finance and Personnel Committee. Acts as supervisor of the Legal Department and legal resource to the Mayor’s Office.

Assistant:  Chasity Bailey 779-348-7391

 

Kerry F. Partridge, City Attorney

kerry.partridge@rockfordil.gov

Fax: (800) 900-1225

Acts as litigation supervisor for property damage, personal injury and federal civil rights claims against the City of Rockford and its employees. Advises all City Departments in litigation/liability issues and loss prevention. Supervises the Claims process. Acts as the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act Officer for the City.  Advises and assists all Departments with implementation of the Local Records Act. Maintains the public and SharePoint websites of the Legal Department, and the Law Department Library. Supervises expungement matters for the Police Department and subpoena requests for all Departments. Advises the Economic Development Division of the Community and Economic Development Department.  Acts as a legal resource to the Public Works Department, Central Services Division of the Finance Department and the Police Department.

Assistant:  Troiana Gearns 779-348-7384

 

Angela L. Hammer, City Attorney

angela.hammer@rockfordil.gov

Serves as the City of Rockford’s attorney for Labor and Employment Law.  Practices before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and in state and federal courts for employment discrimination matters.  Handles all internal labor disputes and grievances, including disciplinary issues in all City departments.  Acts as the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act Officer for the City.    Advises and assists all Departments with implementation of the Local Records Act.  Acts as a legal resource to the Human Services Department and Human Resources Department.

Assistant:  Chasity Bailey 779-348-7391

 

Ifeanyi C. Mogbana, Assistant City Attorney

ifeanyi.mogbana@rockfordil.gov

Serves as the City’s litigator for property damage, personal injury and federal civil rights claims against the City of Rockford and its employees. Advises the Police Department in litigation/liability. Handles expungement matters for the Police Department and subpoena requests for all City Departments.

Assistant:  Troiana Gearns 779-348-7384

 

Lafakeria S. Vaughn, Assistant City Attorney

lafakeria.vaughn@rockfordil.gov

Advises the Code and Regulations Committee of the City Council, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Liquor and Tobacco Advisory Board.  Advises the Neighborhood Development, Neighborhood Standards and the Economic Development Divisions of the Community and Economic Development Department. Supervises the prosecution of Building, Zoning, Sanitation Codes and General Ordinance violations.  Supervises City Foreclosures and Petitions for Administrative review. Supervises all City Eminent Domain proceedings.

Assistant: Shelia Alexander 779-348-7383

 

Matthew Flores, Assistant City Attorney

matthew.flores@rockfordil.gov

Advises the Code and Regulations Committee of the City Council, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Liquor Advisory Board.  Prosecutes Building, Zoning, Sanitation and General Ordinance violations and enforces these decisions in Circuit Court.  Handles City Foreclosures and Petitions for Administrative review.  Advises the Rockford Police Department and Neighborhood Standards Division in regard to problem properties.

Assistant: Jessica Heimer 779-348-7390

 

Monica Rongere, Diversity Procurement Officer

monica.rongere@rockfordil.gov

Assistant: Nora Doyle 779-348-7394

Responsible for City contractor’s compliance with the federal Davis Bacon Act and Illinois Prevailing Wage Act via the LCP Tracker software.  Serves as a liaison to women and minority contractors and the construction community. Certifies small businesses and manages the Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise Program. Works in tandem with Public Works, Community Development and the Finance departments from the letting of projects to their completion.

 

Michael Hakanson, Land Transactions Officer

michael.hakanson@rockfordil.gov

Responsible for coordinating and facilitating  all land acquisitions necessary to complete Public Works and Community Development departments goals. Works with citizens who wish to purchase any city owned property or sell/donate property to the city. Responsible for establishing values on properties the city wishes to buy or sell.

Assistant: Nora Doyle 779-348-7394