Pavia named new resource officer for high school

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ROCHELLE — Rochelle Police Officer Pete Pavia will be the new Rochelle Township High School Resource Officer following approval by city council Tuesday night.

An intergovernmental agreement was approved between the City of Rochelle and the Board of Education of RTHS district 212.

The proposed agreement mirrors the one that is in place for the Rochelle Elementary District. Sixty-six percent of the officer’s total annual compensation including salary, overtime, benefits and pension benefits will be paid by the board of education. 

The proposed agreement is for three years with additional one-year terms if both the city and the school board agree. The city will be responsible for the salary and benefits during the summer.

“Having officers from the same agency in both the Rochelle Middle School and RTHS should make a more fluid transition for the students,” Rochelle Police Chief Eric Higby said. “They will have an opportunity to interact with these officers as educators and role models.”

Officer Pavia has 23 years of law enforcement experience, has been to school resource officer training and is an A.L.I.C.E. instructor.