Nielsen Retires, Pugh Takes Over

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

Rockford police chief Jeff Nielsen is getting ready to spend his last day on the job protecting and serving the community.

Chief Jeff Nielsen will turn over his position Monday to the new chief Steve Pugh. Nielson started with the Rockford police department in 1968. He took on many different roles then was named police chief in July of 1997.

Nielsen says he is looking forward to retirement and doting on his first grandchild. The new police chief Steve Pugh will be sworn in at the city council meeting.

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