Rockford mayor comes to defense of city's police chief - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford mayor comes to defense of city's police chief

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey stands by his police chief.

At the city council meeting Monday night, the mayor gave a very public show of support for Chief Chet Epperson.

Morrissey read a prepared 3-page letter to all those in attendance. In part, the mayor said, "

If all it took to turn around a police department, lower crime and resolve issues between the union and management was changing the chief, it would have happened a long time ago."

Morrissey wrapped up his speech when he said,"I fully support Chief Epperson, and I will not ask him to resign."

This announcement comes on the heels of a Rockford Register Star Sunday editorial that called for Epperson to step down amid recent controversy.

The police chief has been in a legal battle with Rockford's Police Union over how he got involved in an investigation last October.

The editorial said, in part, "It's time for a new chief with fresh perspectives on fighting crime and collaborating with other law enforcement agencies."

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