Dixon's history of government began on March 20, 1843, when an election was held at Dixon on the question as to whether or not a town should be organized under the general statutes of the State of Illinois permitting the organization of towns.
An election was held January 17, 1911 and, by a vote of 574 to 445, the City of Dixon adopted the Commission form of government. The City has continued to operate under this form since that date although an unsuccessful attempt was made to abandon it at an election held October 22, 1918.
The City of Dixon government operated with a mayor and four commissioners which oversaw particular areas of operation for the city for 103 years. In November 2014, voters selected a city managerial form of government for the City of Dixon.
In April 2012, Dixon City Comptroller Rita Crundwell was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for embezzlement. Records show $30 million was taken during 2007 to 2012. Federal prosecutors placed the estimate of the embezzlement at $53 million, since 1990.
Current City Officials:
Liandro Arellano Jr., Mayor
Chgris Bishop, City Council
Kevin Marx, City Council
Mitch Tucker, City Council
Mike Venier, City Council
Becky Fredericks, City Clerk
Stephanie Terranova, Deputy City Clerk
Robert T. LeSage III, City Attorney
Cole S. O'Donnell, City Manager
Paul Shiaras, Building Official
Danny Langloss Jr., Police Chief
Tim Shipman, Fire Chief
Curt Phillips, Superintendent Public Property
Jim Canterbury, Superintendent of Street Dept.
Matt Heckman, Superintendent of Waste Water Dept.
Tim Ridder, Public Works Director
Paula Meyer, Finance Director
Antony Deter, Library Director
City of Dixon
121 West 2nd Street
Dixon, IL 61021