Janelle Crowley

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Janelle Crowley is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois. Janelle was a former adjunct instructor at ECC from 2000 to 2005 and returned to the campus seven years later in her current position. Her office assures compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and manages the primary human resources functions of recruitment, staffing, record retention, compensation, employee/labor relations, payroll, benefits, training, organizational development and change management.

After graduating from MCC, Janelle received her bachelor’s degree in Public and Business Administration from Columbia College in 1999; two graduate degrees from Webster University—an MA in Human Resources and an MBA in Business Administration—in 2003; and she received a PhD from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Sciences in 2013. She has completed all four Labor Relations Academies with the National Public Employers Labor Relations Association, completed the Resolution and Conflict certification with DePaul University, numerous FEMA and Homeland Security certifications and was again awarded the International Public Management Association certified professional in human resources professional distinction.

Janelle has been recognized for developing task-prioritization self-assessment tools and ranking instruments for promotional assessments. She has served as a pre-hire and promotional assessor for members of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the International Association of Chief of Police, and several consulting firms in and outside of the United States. Janelle is currently the president of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Merit Commission and was police commissioner for the city of Woodstock Police Department, past president of the Illinois Fire and Police Commissioner’s Association, past president of the Stateline Society of Human Resource Management, and the previous director of human resources for the city of Woodstock. Janelle has served as a certified assessor and team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA); was nominated and awarded the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award” by The National Center for Women and Policing in Los Angeles, California; and she was a recent recipient of the prestigious “Doc Wilson” award for her vision and training through the University of Illinois where she has served on the Advisory Board for the Police Training Institute.

In addition to her dedication and involvement with public safety, her background includes Emergency Medicine, teaching as an adjunct faculty for Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, and consulting for Madison College School of Human and Protective Services. Janelle continues to serve as a board member for United Way of Greater McHenry County, serves as the Diversity Chair for the Stateline Society of Human Resource Management, is a member of PEO and is an adjunct professor with Aurora University. Janelle was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Woodstock Women’s Business and Professional Association and supported her mother’s legacy by serving as an Ambassador for Rotary International in the eradication of Polio in India.