Chief Stephen A. Petrilli Jr.

Written on 10/18/2023
Chief Stephen A. Petrilli Jr.

Steve Petrilli has served as the chief of police for the Normal Police Department since 2022. In this role, Petrilli leads officers dedicated to protecting the rights and property of those who live, work and visit our community.

Petrilli joined the Town of Normal in 1999. During his tenure, he’s worked as a patrol officer, recruiter, field training officer, Emergency Response Unit (ERU) team member and as a K-9 handler. In 2007, he was promoted to sergeant where he served as a supervisor in the Patrol Division, ERU, Pro-Active Crimes Unit and the Vice Unit. In 2012, Perilli was promoted to lieutenant and served as a patrol commander until being named assistant police chief in 2015. As an assistant chief, Petrilli worked in all facets of Operations and Support Services.

Petrilli earned a Bachelor of Science in 1998 from Illinois State University, Normal. He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command Session #250 and the 264th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Most recently, he was selected to the 80th Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS.)

He is a member of the following organizations: Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Chiefs of Larger Illinois Cities (CLIC), International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Alumni Association, Emergency Telephone Systems Board (ETSB) for McLean County and the McLean County Metro Communications Board.

Petrilli serves as a subject matter expert in the area of first responder health, wellness and fitness. He also serves as a consultant to numerous academic institutions and teaches this content nationwide. Petrilli has a passion for wellness education and practices and has instructed thousands of first responder and military service members in this important topic.