Naperville’s First Female Deputy Chiefs

Meet the Female Deputy Chiefs

In March of 2019, Amy Scheller became the Naperville Fire Department’s first female deputy chief after serving more than 20 years. Scheller joined the Naperville Fire Department in 1998 as a fire fighter/paramedic and about ten years later became the first female fire lieutenant. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration, is a Designated Fire Officer per the Commission on Professional Credentialing and has been accepted into the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Kathleen Anderson is the first woman to be appointed as a deputy chief within the Naperville Police Department. She is a 25-year veteran of the department. Her previous positions include field training officer, youth investigator, patrol, training sergeant, school resource officer, and head of the youth investigations and social services units. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Lewis University and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in 2017.

Being a Leader

Amy Scheller says she wants to use her leadership role within the Naperville Fire Department to encourage other young women to pursue careers traditionally dominated by men. She attributes much of her success to her father giving her every opportunity to try new things. Being the first female deputy chief for the Naperville Police Department, Kathleen Anderson thanks to the women before her who paved the way for equality in the workplace. She takes pride knowing her position was earned on merit and not gender. 

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