EPD promotes two commanders to deputy chief

EPD Chief Demitrous Cook announced yesterday his promotion of two commanders to deputy chief.


According to yesterday's news release, Evanston Police Commander Jody Wright and Commander Melissa Sacluti will fill the deputy chief positions vacated by former Deputy Chief Joe Dugan, who retired in January, and Deputy Chief James Pickett, who will retire June 26. They will join Deputy Chief Aretha Barnes as the department's deputy chiefs.


“Commander Wright and Commander Sacluti are proven leaders who embody the values of our diverse community and share a steadfast commitment to public safety and community policing,” said Chief Cook in the release. "I look forward to working with each of them in their new positions as we continue to strengthen Evanston’s longstanding police-community partnership, build trust and transparency, and protect the safety and well-being of all who live, work and visit our city.”


Jody Wright

As deputy chief, Wright will be responsible for ensuring that EPD policies and procedures align with current best practices and community standards, including reviewing use of force procedures as part of Mayor Hagerty's pledge to the My Brother's Keeper Alliance of the Obama Foundation.


In addition, Wright will oversee the Department's Support Services Division, which includes administration, 911 communications, the police service desk and 311 Center, and records management.


Wright joined the Evanston Police Department in 2002 as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks to become detective and later sergeant of the department's Patrol and Investigations Divisions. He was promoted to commander of the Office of Professional Standards in 2016, and has since served as commander of the department’s Investigative Services Division and Special Operations Group.

Wright is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Northwestern University Executive Management Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Benedictine University.


Melissa Sacluti

As deputy chief, Sacluti will oversee the department's Field Operations Division, which includes uniformed patrol operations, community strategies, and traffic enforcement.


Commander Sacluti joined the Evanston Police Department in 2003 as a patrol officer. She has since served as a detective in both the Neighborhood Enforcement Team and Criminal Investigations Divisions, and as sergeant for Patrol Operations and the Office of Professional Standards. Sacluti was promoted to the rank of commander in 2015, and has served as commander of Criminal Investigations and Patrol Operations. 


Sacluti has been the Evanston Police Department’s LGBT Liaison since 2014, and is a member of the department's Peer Support Team and Use of Force Review Committee. She is a member of the Asian American Law Enforcement Association and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and Executive Management Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University, and a master’s degree in public administration from DePaul University.



Both promotions are effective July 1, 2020. In addition, the department has also announced the promotions of Sergeant Jodie Hart and Sergeant Elizabeth “Lyz” Glynn to the rank of commander, and Officer Sophia Syed and Officer Marla Dukler to the rank of sergeant.

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