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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.

Prior to joining the association, he was chief of staff to the chancellor at the University of Illinois at Springfield and publisher of Illinois Issues magazine. He also worked at newspapers in Columbia, Mo., and Galesburg, Monmouth, and Springfield, Illinois. And he was publisher of Illinois Issues magazine 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 (Management Development Program) and at 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, SIU Press).

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 two grandchilden, and they have lived in Springfield since 1985.


Sherrie Phipps is the newest addition to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police team, starting in June 2018. Most recently, Sherrie had been a legislative communications staffer and videographer for the Illinois Senate. Prior to that, she was a reporter for a Springfield television station. She is a native of Bolingbrook, Illinois. She is a proud alumna of Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. There she studied Journalism with a minor in Psychology. Sherrie also holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

She is thrilled to call Springfield home, where the community has been welcoming, warm and friendly. She enjoys reading, writing, shopping and spending time with her loved ones.

Her duties at the association include the website content, legislative updates, the Weekly Bulletin, and working with photos and video. She also is the staff liaison to committee chairs and handles a variety of interactions with ILACP members. She also writes press releases and works with the Public Relations Committee on the association's social media sites.   

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Carmen began employment with the ILACP in July 2014 as the Bookkeeper and POST Orders Coordinator.  On January 1, 2016, Ms. Kent was promoted to Assistant 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 comes to 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 in Springfield and is currently working on an undergraduate degree.  

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