Detective Sergeant Steve Howell selected as next Dixon Police Chief

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Updated: November 9, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - The City of Dixon announces Detective Sergeant Steve Howell as the new Dixon Police Chief.

Howell has been with the Dixon police department for 18 years starting his career as a patrol officer. The 42-year-old graduated from Dixon High School in 1994 and went on to serve in the military for six years.

Howell was chosen from six officers who applied for the position.

“We had many qualified applicants for this process, but Howell’s progressive leadership style and strong contributions and commitment to the goals and innovative strategies of the department stood out to the entire committee,” says City Manager Danny Langloss.

The city says a significant number of officers involved in the past two sergeant promotional exam processes called Howell the best leader they have ever worked for.

“I am very humbled and honored by the experience of this process and being selected to serve as the Dixon Police Chief. I look forward to continuing the goals and current direction of the department,” says Howell.

City leaders say Howell was part of a very talented group of applicants and they couldn't be happier with the decision to make him chief.


DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - An advisory committee forms to help in the selection process of a new Dixon Police Chief as former chief Danny Langloss becomes Dixon City Manager.

The committee consists of city leaders, distinguished police chiefs and other stakeholders who will help City Council and Langloss chose a replacement.

According to the City, the city manager is responsible for hiring all department heads, a decision Langloss feels is too important for one person to make.

Mayor Li Arrellano says, "Danny, as previous police chief, is in the unique position of picking his own replacement. By creating this advisory committee, he and the City are ensuring a fair, merit-based process."

City leaders say internal applicants are asked to turn in applications, cover letters, and resume by Friday at 4 p.m. They say interviews will be next week and a new chief is expected to be announced by mid-December.