BREAKING NEWS: City Manager selects Schenita Stewart as Evanston’s next police chief

Another major vacancy in the City of Evanston will be filled soon, as City Manager Luke Stowe announced Friday he will hire East Dundee Deputy Chief Schenita Stewart as the next permanent police chief.

Schenita Stewart, Evanston’s incoming police chief. Credit: City of Evanston

The announcement comes over a year after the departure of previous chief chief Demitrous Cook, who retired on June 7, 2021. In that time, the city appointed two interim chiefs, held a series of public meetings to hear what residents wanted in a new chief, and hosted a live virtual forum interviewing three finalists.

Stewart, who has served as East Dundee Deputy Chief since January 2021, will start as Evanston’s chief on Monday, Oct. 10 according to the city’s announcement.

“Chief Stewart is an outstanding leader with distinguished service and a deep knowledge of the Evanston community,” Stowe said in the announcement. “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. “

Stewart grew up in Evanston and graduated from Evanston Township High School, and will bring back 23 years of law enforcement experience. She spent most of her career in nearby Lincolnwood, starting out as a patrol officer in 1999 and eventually rising to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2018. She also served on the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) from 2008 to 2018, including four years as team leader.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve the community that raised and supported me my entire life,” Stewart said in the announcement. “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 you first announced as a finalist on Friday, Aug. 26alongside Chicago Deputy Chief Migdalia Bulnes and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Investigations Bureau Chief Joshua Hunt.

A major issue awaiting Stewart is EPD’s ongoing staff shortagewhich recently led to the department temporarily reassigning officers and reducing investigative services. According to Stowe, the department had 27 vacancies for sworn officers as of August 2022.

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