Appointment of Liaisons
The City of Rockford has LGBTQIA+ Liaisons for both the City and the Rockford Police Department. The Liaisons serve as accessible and friendly ears to the City’s LGBTQIA+ community and elevate related concerns to the Mayor’s Office and the Chief of Police.
Emily Schmidt, Engaging Men and Boys Grant Project Manager, is the LGBTQIA+ Liaison for the City, while Michelle Marcomb, Media and Marketing Coordinator, is the LGBTQIA+ Liaison for the police department.
In 2021, the City of Rockford was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for the city's inclusive LGBTQIA+ laws, policies, and services. The HRC ranked Rockford as the 3rd highest-rated city in the State of Illinois in its 10th Annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI is updated annually and is used to measure how inclusive municipal policies, laws, and services are for the LGBTQIA+ community. The MEI rates cities on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQIA+ equality. The Liaison and LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group aim to increase the City of Rockford's ranking each year.
Learn more about the Municipal Equality Index on the Human Rights Campaign website.
The City of Rockford supports the rights of our LGBTQIA+ community. As such, the city has appointed its first LGBTQIA+ Liaison to provide an informed voice to the city’s Executive Office on LGBTQIA+ issues in the Rockford community.
The Liaison is committed to fostering and building positive relationships between the LGBTQIA+ community and the Police and will assist community members who may be the victims of crimes or have information or issues of concern to the Police Department.