State Police Merit Board, Illinois

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Emily Fox

Contact Title

Executive Director


The Board certifies qualified applicants for appointment to the State Police force; classifies officers, and sets standards and qualifications for each rank; authorizes promotions, demotions, suspensions and other disciplinary action.


Board members shall be appointed to four-year terms. No member shall be appointed to more than 2 terms.

Senate Confirmation


Party Affiliation



In making the appointments, the Governor shall make a good faith effort to appoint members reflecting the geographic, ethic, and cultural diversity of this State. In making the appointments, the Governor should also consider appointing: persons with professional backgrounds, possessing legal, management, personnel, or labor experience; at least one member with at least 10 years of experience as a licensed physician or clinical psychologist with expertise in mental health; and at least one member affiliated with an organization commitment to social and economic rights and to eliminating discrimination. In order to avoid actual conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflicts of interest, no board member shall be a retired or former employee of the Illinois State Police. When a Board member may have an actual, perceived, or potential conflict of interest that could prevent the Board member from making a fair and impartial decision on a complaint or formal complaint against an Illinois State Police officer, the Board member shall recuse himself or herself; or If the Board member fails to recuse himself or herself, then the Board may, by a simple majority, vote to recuse the Board member. No more than 4 from the same political party.


Chair & Members $267 per diem, not to exceed $25,400 per annum


7 appointed by Governor with advice and consent of the Senate


Elected by the Board for 2-year terms


20 ILCS 2610/3

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Carrera, Michelle Dawn 03/03/2026 01/03/2023 Democrat Governor Member
VACANT 03/19/2024 Governor Member
Stiehl, William David 03/19/2027 01/13/2023 Republican Governor Member St. Clair
Touhy, Timothy 03/21/2026 07/08/2022 Independent Governor Member Cook
VACANT 03/17/2025 Governor Member Clinical Psychologist
Garcia, Raymond 03/28/2026 03/28/2022 Democrat Governor Member Winnebago
VACANT Governor Member