Deputy Chief Keefe Jackson, who began his career with the Aurora Police in April 1995, has worked in patrol, Special Operations (Gangs and Vice), the Office of Professional Standards and Field Training and is a former member of the Special Response (SWAT) Team. He was also an investigator with the Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force, served on the Aurora Police Honor Guard, and coordinated the police department's Crisis Intervention Team which addresses calls for service involving people with psychological challenges.
Jackson was promoted to Sergeant in 2004, Lieutenant in 2010, and became Deputy Chief in January 2016. He is the first African-American Deputy Police Chief in Aurora.
Deputy Chief Jackson is a retired Captain with the United States Army National Guard having served as a Commissioned Officer for 23 years including deployment in Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is a 1984 graduate of Lindblom Technical High School in Chicago and a 1990 graduate of Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
He also graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executives in State in Local Government program; the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police; and the School of Police and Staff and Command at Northwestern University.