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Police Chief Langloss could get new duties Thursday

City Council to discuss roles for new position

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT
Danny Langloss

DIXON – Police Chief Danny Langloss could be appointed as a special assistant to the City Council as soon as Thursday.

The City Council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall and vote on an ordinance assigning temporary city administrative duties to Langloss.

The action comes in response to the resignation of former public works and personnel director Shawn Ortgiesen, who used city-issued credit cards for personal use.

Commissioners will take comments from the public, then discuss and explain the new temporary roles proposed to Langloss.

Some of Langloss’ new duties will include heading public works department meetings, managing city personnel, participating in budget workshops, facilitating bids for projects, and organizing the city’s strategic plan, among other things.

Mayor Jim Burke said the city plans to hire a city administrator within 3 to 6 months. Langloss will help the City Council outline the administrator’s job description and assist in the recruitment of candidates.

The police chief said he has no plans to apply for the position, and he will not receive extra pay. Day-to-day supervision of the police department will be turned over to an assistant chief.

Also, the City Council will discuss and explain the need for an interim director of human resources, another responsibility that Ortgiesen held.

While many city ordinances are placed on file for 14 days for public review, Langloss said this ordinance, if approved, will take effect immediately.

To attend

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

Go to and click on "Citizens Information Center" or call City Hall, 815-288-1485, for an agenda.

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