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Civilian Oversight Board

In January of 2022, the Rockford City Council approved the creation of a Civilian Oversight Board. The board, which will be made up of seven Rockford residents reflective of our community, will review the completed internal investigation of citizen complaints and certain use of force incidents. The board will be tasked with working with the Rockford Police Department, the Mayor and City Council to identify areas for improvement and offer solutions in order to continue building trust between the police department and the community.

DUTIES OF THE BOARD

  • Timely review of the completed internal investigation of all citizen complaints and use of force incidents above a Force Level 4 as defined in the department’s General Order 1.16.
  • The purpose of the board’s review is to determine whether the investigation was complete, thorough, objective, and fair and whether the outcome was appropriate, based on the following criteria:
    • Thoroughness of the investigation
    • The extent to which witnesses or persons known to have information, knowledge, or evidence pertaining to the allegation(s) or incident were contacted or interviewed
    • The extent to which appropriate interviews were conducted with a complainant, witnesses, involved officers or employees, and any other persons having knowledge relating to the incident
    • The process of seeking, collecting, and maintaining evidence pertaining to the investigation; and
    • The appropriateness of discipline, if applicable
  • The board will have access to pertinent records in order to complete its review with appropriate redactions to protect privacy and confidentiality.
  • The board shall provide a written report summarizing its findings as to each investigation.
  • The board shall conduct deliberations as allowed by the Open Meetings Act, including convening into closed session where appropriate.
  • Receive citizen complaints as to allegations of misconduct by members of the department and refer the same to the department’s Office of Professional
  • Monitor the processing of all citizen complains through timely updates on case status and outcome from the Office of Professional Standards.

BOARD MEMBERS

Reginald Alexander

Reginald is the owner and president of Blackprint Inc., which operates Xsquisities Bar and Grill. He previously served as Vice President of 100 Strong Community Safe House. He also worked at Chrysler for 15 years, where he served on the Civil Rights Committee – which focused on creating an inclusive culture for minorities in the workplace. Reginald has also been a commissioner on the Community Relations Commission.

Jillisa Bondurant

Jillisa is the executive director of Children’s Safe Harbor. Previously, she worked in various roles at CASA, where she served the community by advocating for youth who experienced violence. She is a member of the Winnebago County Action Team, Rockford Chamber’s Lead 360, Family Violence Coordinating Council, Maternal Child Health Steering Committee, Domestic and Community Violence Prevention Task Force, and Victim Safety and Security Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology, from Western Illinois University.

Sonji Collins

Sonji has been a payroll analyst for 20 years. She is also a local faith leader and a member of the Pastoral Advisory Board for One Body Collaborative. She has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute, another bachelor’s degree in economics from Northeastern Illinois University and is pursuing a master’s of leadership from Judson University.

Earl Curry

Earl is the Director of Behavioral Health for Horizon Health Corporation. Previously, he was the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health at Alden Debes/Park Strathmoor and a substance abuse counselor at Rosecrance, as well as Remedies Renewing Lives. Earl has more than 15 years of experience working with individuals struggling with significant mental illness. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rasmussen College, as well as two master’s degrees from Judson University – one in business administration and one in human services administration.

Bill Hatfield

Bill is a former Director of Environmental Health and business owner of LEHP Management, which provides food-related oversight inspections, as well as real estate sales well and septic evaluations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Geologist and Illinois Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner.

Jonathan Medina

Jonathan is an Associate Attorney at Hoffmann Immigration Law. He is bilingual and is active in the community through the Rockford Park District, St. Edward’s Youth Group, St. Bridgette’s Youth Group and St. Bernadette’s Sunday School. He has an associate’s degree from Rock Valley College, a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Roosevelt University and a juris doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School.

Aaron Vaiden

Aaron is a project management team leader at Field Fastener. He previously served as the Strategic Program Manager at OSF HealthCare, as well as a Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University in Lychburg, VA, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.