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City of Evanston Illinois - Stewart Appointed Evanston Police Chief 23 September 2022 ( news )
City of Evanston , state Illinois ( By Press Release office)
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Evanston City Manager Luke Stowe today announced the appointment of Schenita Stewart as Evanston’s next police chief . Stewart will begin her new role on Monday , October 10 .
Stewart , who grew up in Evanston and graduated from Evanston Township High School , currently serves as the deputy chief of police for the East Dundee Police Department . She brings 23 years of law enforcement experience to Evanston , including 15 years in police leadership roles . Throughout her career , Stewart has focused on ensuring posi......tive community partnerships , implementing best practices and policies , and budget development and management .
“Chief Stewart is an outstanding leader with distinguished service and a deep knowledge of the Evanston community , ” said Stowe . “She is uniquely qualified to lead our Police Department while strengthening community relationships . I look forward to working with Chief Stewart in her new role . ”
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve the community that raised and supported me my entire life , ” said Stewart . “This great city of Evanston is the lighthouse community that my great grandparents fled to from Abbeville , SC for a better life . I think that if they were alive they would be proud . ”
Stewart began her law enforcement career in 1998 as a probation officer with the Cook County Adult Probation Department . She became a patrol officer with the Lincolnwood Police Department in 1999 , and rose through the ranks to become deputy chief of the department in 2018 . Stewart joined the Village of East Dundee as its deputy chief of police in January 2021 . Stewart served on the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force ( NORTAF ) from 2008 to 2018 , including four years as team leader , and was twice honored as the Village of Lincolnwood ' s “Police Officer of the Year , ” earning the recognition in 2000 and 2005 .
Stewart is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police ( IACP ) and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police ( ILACP ) , where she serves on the Rethinking Responses to Common Calls for Service Committee . She is also a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives ( NOBLE ) , the Police Executive Research Forum ( PERF ) and Kane County Chiefs of Police Association ( KCCOPA ) .
Stewart holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University . She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and Executive Management Program .
In her free time , Stewart volunteers as a mentor in The Charmm’d Foundation’s Leadership Academy , helping others reach their full potential . Understanding the importance of strong community relationships , she also teaches community relations to police recruits at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy ( SLEA ) .
Stowe announced Stewart ' s appointment following a six - month candidate recruitment process , which included a community survey on the characteristics desired in the City ' s police chief , a public candidate forum broadcast online and on City Channel 16 , and panel interviews with members of the Evanston Police Department , City management , community members and elected officials .
Interim Police Chief Richard Eddington will continue to serve the Evanston Police Department until Stewart begins her new role on October 10 .
For more information , please call/text 847 - 448 - 4311 or simply dial 311 in Evanston .