RPD Chief Higby announces retirement after nearly 27 years
Higby joined RPD in 1996, was chief since 2009
ROCHELLE – Following nearly 27 years of dedicated service to the City of Rochelle, Rochelle Police Department Chief Eric Higby announced his upcoming retirement from RPD in a Friday, March 3 city press release.
Higby started his career with RPD in August 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,” Higby said. “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 10 years.
“My sincerest thanks to Chief Higby for his service to the citizens of Rochelle,” City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said. “A 27-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 council chambers from 3-5 p.m.