Alan Roechner, Chief of Police
Chief Roechner has nearly three decades of law enforcement experience, beginning in 1991 as a patrol officer for Joliet. During his tenure with the Joliet Police Department, Roechner spent time in the Neighborhood Oriented Policing Team, Special Operations Squad, Tactical, Narcotics and Investigation units. For the past 10 years Chief Roechner served in a commander position with increasing responsibility. First, overseeing operations for the 70-person Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System mobile field force, then the operations division where he is responsible for 210 sworn personnel and 41 civilian staff and most recently the Investigations division for the past four-plus years.
In addition to directing daily operating functions of the department as commander, Chief Roechner worked to create the BESST program; Belts, Education, Speeding, Stop sign and Texting; a new driver education program implemented across the city and in city high schools. Chief Roechner also helped to design and implement the 12 hour shift schedule for patrol officers, create the department recruitment committee and mediate between unions at the division level.
Chief Roechner is a life-long Joliet resident, an alumnus of Providence Catholic High School and a graduate of Illinois Benedictine University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Additionally, Roechner is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command and a 2011 graduate of the Boston University Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute.
Chief Roechner and his wife, Nancy, have three adult daughters, Catherine, Hallie and Zoe. They have one son-in-law, Vic (Catherine) and one grandson, Nico.