Staff

ED WOJCICKI
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ed Wojcicki has been Executive Director since November 2014. His focus has been on professional development, legislative advocacy, raising the association's visibility and promoting law enforcement's goal to make communities safe -- and safer. He has also taken a leading role with ILACP's Ten Shared Principles initiative.

Prior to joining the association, he was chief of staff to the chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield and publisher of Illinois Issues magazine. He also worked at newspapers in Columbia, Mo., and Galesburg, Monmouth, and Springfield, Illinois. He was publisher of Illinois Issues  from 1992-2001 and chief of staff to the UIS chancellor from 2002-2014.

Ed has a master’s degree in political studies from UIS and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He also completed specialized training at Harvard University (Management Development Program) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (marketing).  He taught “Effective Public Affairs Writing” for ten years in the graduate public administration program at UIS. He wrote the political memoir of former state Senator Phil Rock of Oak Park, with the title Nobody Calls Just to Say Hello (2012, 2017 paperback, SIU Press). Ed's earlier book, A Crisis of Hope in the Modern World (1991, Thomas More Press) enjoyed two printings and had a foreword written by spiritual writer Henri J.M. Nouwen.

Four generations of Ed’s wife’s family have served in law enforcement in the St. Louis area, where Ed and his wife Sally grew up.  Ed and Sally have two grown children and four grandchildren, and they have lived in Springfield since 1985.

KENNY WINSLOW
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DEPUTY DIRECTOR

ILACP Deputy Director Kenny Winslow is a native of Alton, IL and began his career in law enforcement with the Springfield Police Department (SPD) in 1995. Winslow worked in several facets of the department and held the ranks of Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander and Chief. He served twelve years in the senior staff including the last nine years as Chief of Police until his retirement in January 2022. He was the longest tenured chief in the history of the department.

Winslow served as the Homeland Security Director for the City of Springfield and held various leadership roles and specialty assignments during his career. He served on numerous boards related to law enforcement and public safety to include but not limited to the Illinois Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), Sangamon County 911 Board (ETSB), and Sangamon County Central Dispatch Service (SCCDS), the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and Memorial Behavioral Health.

Winslow obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Executive Management Program, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute’s Executive Management course and numerous other training courses. Winslow is a strong advocate of community policing and believes law enforcement must work in partnership with the community to achieve its mission and goals.

Winslow has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and department’s efforts to reduce crime, address quality of life issues, diversify the workforce, all while earning the public’s trust and respect. He has been awarded the NAACP President’s Award, The Urban League’s Community Leadership Award, Frontier’s International Public Service Award and was named the Illinois Association Chiefs of Police’ 2021 Chief of the Year. As an officer he was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Award for his community policing efforts and was the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Officer of the Year Award.

He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) where he served on the Legislative Committee and Executive Board. Winslow is also active in his community and supports several charities to include the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. John’s Children’s Hospital and The Outlet.
Winslow considers himself extremely blessed in both his professional and personal lives. He has a wonderful family, his wife of 24 years, Becky; along with their four children, Alaina (7), Drew (12), Abby (16), and Hailey (19). He also attends Hope Church.

Deputy Director Winslow is an avid sports fan and enjoys basketball, football, baseball, and stock car racing. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with friends and family.

 

CARMEN (KENT) ELLIOTT
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BUSINESS MANAGER

Carmen began employment with the ILACP in July 2014 as the Bookkeeper and POST Orders Coordinator.  On January 1, 2016, she was promoted to Assistant Business Manager and on July 1, 2021 to Business Manager. In this position, her job duties include in part creating financial transactions, developing financial reports, and reconciling accounts to ensure their accuracy.  She also processes all Police Officer Selection Tests (POST) order requests to assist police departments with their hiring process and works with those seeking certification through our Police Chief Certification program.

Carmen joined ILACP with fifteen years of banking and lending experience, with four of those years working for the Illinois State Police Federal Credit Union (ISPFCU).  Most recently she worked as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator, but has also worked as a Teller, Personal Banker, and Loan Servicer. Carmen is a graduate of Lanphier High School and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield.  She was married in October, 2020 and lives in Springfield with her husband.

KAREN FAGG 
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ASSISTANT TO EXEC. DIRECTOR 
 

Karen Fagg came to the ILACP in May 2015. As a part-time employee, Karen assists the Executive Director with scheduling, prepares training and assessment materials, and helps with the ILACP annual conference. 

Karen has over thirty years of secretarial experience. Prior to coming to ILACP, she worked for seven years in the chancellor's office at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also worked as school secretary of Cathedral Grade School in Springfield, IL for fifteen years. 

Karen and her husband Larry are lifelong residents of Central Illinois. They have two adult children. 

KRISTA KOLIS 
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PROJECTS DIRECTOR 

Krista Kolis has been the Project Director at ILACP since May 2015. She is responsible for the project and grant management of a variety of projects, Regional Traffic Safety Resource Center (RTSRC), Child Protection and Safety (CPS), the Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) and the Human Trafficking Task Force grant projects for the state of Illinois. Further, she provides ILACP with photography services to be used in media campaigns, advertisements and Command Magazine.

Krista has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Paralegal Studies.  Additionally, she has completed all coursework for a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has been a coach for Chatham Area 17 Special Olympics basketball, track and soccer since 2009. Krista is a native of Chicago and has lived in Springfield since 1999.  

AMY ROURKE JONES 
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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Amy Rourke Jones joined ILACP as Communications Director in 2021 through ILACP’s partnership with FrontlineCo, where she serves as a Marketing Specialist. For ILACP, she assists with all internal and external communications and produces content for the website.  

The team at Frontline that will support Amy’s work at ILACP includes marketing and operational experts, graphic designers and event managers. The public relations firm/association management company will assist in developing a strategic communications and marketing plan for ILACP to highlight the value of ILACP to chiefs and command staff and to law enforcement throughout the state. 

Amy brings professional experience and expertise from her eight-year career in marketing, communications and project management. She has worked within statewide associations and has previously managed several publications. Before joining ILACP, she served as assistant director of marketing and communication for Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Amy has gained a diverse set of skills as a freelance writer and consultant for more than a dozen small businesses and emerging brands. 

Amy grew up in Chatham, Illinois, and is a graduate of Glenwood High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Illinois State University and continues to seek educational opportunities as a member of the Public Relations Society of America and as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She currently resides in Springfield with her husband and their children.