The Independent Monitoring Team is responsible for assessing the progress made by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the City of Chicago in meeting the mandates of the Consent Decree. Led by Monitor Maggie Hickey and Deputy Monitor Chief Rodney Monroe, the team comprises Associate Monitors, a Community Engagement Team, legal professionals, analysts, subject matter experts, and community survey staff. In this article, we will delve into the background and expertise of Monitor Maggie Hickey and Deputy Monitor Chief Rodney Monroe.
Monitor Maggie Hickey
Ms. Maggie Hickey is a highly skilled attorney and consensus builder known for her extensive experience in government. Throughout her career, she has been involved in internal investigations, compliance programs, police operations, workplace sexual harassment issues, and ethics training. Ms. Hickey has been actively engaged in various community service and pro bono legal initiatives.
Her legal experience spans across Springfield and Chicago, Illinois, as well as Washington, DC. In 2018, she was appointed by the Board of Education of the City of Chicago to lead an independent review of the school district’s policies and procedures following the Chicago Tribune’s investigation into cases of sexual abuse by Chicago Public School employees. Ms. Hickey has also served as the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, overseeing accountability across state government, state public universities, and regional transportation boards. Prior to this, she held the position of Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, chairing the Illinois Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force during her tenure. Her career also includes serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division for the Southern District of West Virginia and working as an Investigative Counsel for the Committee on Government Affairs in the U.S. Senate.
Deputy Monitor Chief Rodney Monroe
Chief (Ret.) Rodney Monroe serves as the Deputy Monitor of the Independent Monitoring Team. With over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Chief Monroe is renowned for his leadership in community policing. He has a proven track record of organizing communities, developing partnerships with residents, businesses, and faith-based organizations, and successfully reducing crime and the public’s fear of crime.
Chief Monroe has been involved in other police department settlement agreements, including his role as the Independent Monitor for the Meridian, Mississippi, Police Department (MPD). In this position, he worked closely with the DOJ and the Meridian community to ensure compliance with the settlement agreement. He has also worked with the North Charleston Police Department as part of the DOJ’s Collaborative Reform Initiative following the police shooting of Walter Scott.
In addition to his expertise in community policing, Chief Monroe has extensive experience in reviewing critical incidents. He provided subject matter expertise and technical assistance in the critical incident review of the shooting of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police officers in 2015.
Chief Monroe previously served as the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Police Department (CMPD), where he implemented an enhanced community policing strategy that focused on crime prevention and organizational accountability. His leadership resulted in significant crime reduction and improved quality of life for the community. Before joining CMPD, Chief Monroe served as chief in Macon, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia. He has also held various leadership positions within the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department.
To ensure comprehensive oversight, nine Associate Monitors have been appointed to oversee the ten topic areas outlined in the Consent Decree. These areas encompass community policing, impartial policing, crisis intervention, use of force, recruitment, hiring, and promotion, training, supervision, officer wellness and support, accountability and transparency, and data collection, analysis, and management.
The Associate Monitors include Dr. Theron Bowman (Training and Recruitment, Hiring, and Promotion), Harold Medlock (Transparency and Accountability), Paul Evans (Use of Force), Steve Rickman (Community Policing), Denise Rodriguez (Impartial Policing), Julie Solomon (Crisis Intervention), Hassan Aden (Supervision), Cassandra Deck-Brown (Officer Wellness and Support), and Tom Christoff (Data Collection, Analysis, and Management).
Community Engagement Team
Collaboration lies at the heart of the monitoring process, and the Community Engagement Team plays a pivotal role. Composed of experienced Chicago community members, experts in police-community relations, lawyers, and academic scholars, this team ensures meaningful engagement with the local communities throughout the monitoring process. Working closely with the Monitor, Deputy Monitors, and Associate Monitors, the Community Engagement Team assesses the community component of compliance with the Consent Decree.
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