A move to become police chief for the Rockford Police Department in Illinois is not in the cards for Racine Police Chief Art Howell after he had been named a finalist for the job.

In a letter to Industrial/Organization Solutions, the recruiting firm hired by the City of Rockford to fill the job, Howell said he withdrew from the selection process because the Racine Police and Fire Commission extended his contract for two more years. His contract would have expired on April 1.

Howell said he was humbled by the Commission’s decision.

“After consultation with a number of local leaders, police officials and area residents, and after reflecting on the progress achieved to date in the City of Racine, I have reached the difficult decision to respectfully withdraw from the selection process,” Howell’s letter reads.

Last week, Howell said he remained committed to Racine, but needed to look at other opportunities because his contract with Racine had not been renewed.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.