Christopher Mannino retired as chief of police from the Park Forest Police Department in the greater Chicago area with 25 years of service in 2022. Throughout his law enforcement career, he worked in a variety of assignments in the patrol division, investigation division, support services, and on specialized units such as the ILEAS Mobile Field Force, a SWAT team, and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. In his executive leadership role, he focused both on building communication between law enforcement and the community and on innovative approaches to juvenile justice. He credits attending the FBI National Academy in 2009 as his inspiration for revolutionizing his agency’s approach to public communication. Juvenile justice programs implemented by the Park Forest Police Department under his leadership are now used as model programs by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
Today, Mannino is Vice President of Julie Parker Communications, providing consulting and training on leadership and communications to government entities and private companies across North America. He has authored articles for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police1, and others and has been featured on podcasts for the FBI National Academy Associates and other public safety-focused platforms.