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 operates with a mayor and four commissioners which oversee particular areas of operation for the city.
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:
James G. Burke, Mayor
David P. Blackburn, Commissioner of Accounts & Finance
Colleen Brechon, Commissioner of Public Property
Dennis Considine, Commissioner of Public Health & Safety
Jeff Kuhn, Commissioner of Streets & Public Improvements
Kathe A. Swanson, City Clerk
Stephanie Terranova, Deputy City Clerk
Robert E. Branson, City Attorney
Shawn Ortgiesen, Director of Public Works / City Engineer
Paul Shiaras, Building Official
Danny Langloss, Jr., Police Chief
Tim Shipman, Fire Chief
Curt Phillips, Superintendent Public Property
Mike Stichter, Superintendent of Street Dept.
Dan Mahan, Superintendent of Waste Water Dept.
Willard "Rusty" Cox, Superintendent of Water Dept.
City of Dixon
121 West 2nd Street
Dixon, IL 61021