Joliet may have new city manager but is now looking for a new police chief. Chief Al Roechner submitted his retirement letter to city of Joliet on Friday morning. The retirement is said to effective on January 21st. WJOL has been told that Roechner would have reached his 30 year pension qualification in July of this year but that Mayor Bob O’Dekirk gave interim City Manager Jim Hock permission to negotiate an early retirment as to not interfer with the pension qualifications.
Roechner has been the chief of the Joliet Police Department since December of 2018. He has been with the department since 1991. The status of the departments deputy chiefs is currently unknown at this time. Stay tuned to WJOL for latest on this breaking news story.