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Police chief named Citizen of the Year in Dixon

Langloss: ‘Future is looking so bright’

Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss speaks before a crowd after having been chosen the 2013 Dixon Citizen of the Year.
Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss speaks before a crowd after having been chosen the 2013 Dixon Citizen of the Year.

DIXON – Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss stood in front of nearly 75 people Tuesday night and was speechless.

He had just been presented with the Citizen of the Year award, given by the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce. He was introduced by last year’s winner, Jim Sarver, during the 32nd annual Citizen of the Year banquet at Timber Creek Golf Course.

“Wow. ... This is a crazy moment,” said Langloss, who didn’t know he would be honored. “I did not expect this.”

After asking for a moment to collect his thoughts, Langloss, who was named police chief in 2008 and served as special assistant to the City Council for much of 2013, said there were many others in attendance who were deserving of the honor.

“None of this would be possible without the support of my family. My wife, Eva – she’s the one that really deserves a round of applause – [and] our amazing kids Bradyn and Alexis,” Langloss said. “All of us here are just driven, really, to make a difference, and to do that, it takes so much time and so much commitment.

“You need that love and support and the caring from your family – to be understanding – to be able to do that.”

Langloss is also the president of the Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center’s board of directors and worked to get Erin’s Law, which is aimed at reducing child sexual abuse, passed by the Illinois Legislature in 2011.

He thanked Secure Recycling Services, a Kreider Services affiliate, and the Kiwanis Club of Dixon, who were honored as the business and organization of the year, for the work they do in the community.

“So much of my life is about helping people who can’t completely help themselves – children, elderly, those with special needs,” Langloss said. “What an amazing job you guys are doing.”

In May 2013, in the aftermath of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s arrest and the resignation of former public works and personnel director Shawn Ortgiesen’s resignation, Langloss was named special assistant to the City Council.

He later advised the governmental task force that recommended the City Council let citizens decide which form of government is best for Dixon, the current commission form or the managerial form of municipal government.

The question will be given to residents on the ballot in November 2014.

“I want to thank Mayor [Jim] Burke and the entire City Council for having the faith and confidence to ask me to help assist in what has been a nightmare for everybody,” Langloss said. “This is probably as good a time as any. I really feel like, from my heart, that the mayor and our elected officials have taken on a lot that they don’t deserve.”

Langloss praised the changes that have been made at City Hall and the direction Dixon is headed, adding that the city government is professionalizing every aspect that it can and installing internal financial controls.

“Our future is looking so bright right now,” he said. “... We just have to come together as a community and find that vision and then realize it.”

Other winners

In addition to Police Chief Danny Langloss being given the 2013 Citizen of the Year award, the following awards were given:

The Kiwanis Club of Dixon was named the 2013 Organization of the Year.

Secure Recycling Services was named 2013 Business of the Year.

Citizens of the year

1982: Paul Berrettini

1983: Jerrald James

1984: Robert Shomaker

1985: Robert Mansen

1986: Gary Gehlbach

1987: Joan Sheridan

1988: Helen and Elwood Cruse

1989: Bob Gingras

1990: Isaac "Ike" Mercer

1991: Tom Durband

1992: Bill Reigle

1993: Linda Brantley

1994: Jane Marshall

1995: Jeff Lovett

1996: Darryl Vandervort

1997: Stan Weber

1998: Jim Nelson

1999: Nancy Varga

2000: JoAnn Guthrie

2001: Doug Lee

2002: Larry Reed

2003: Al Knickrehm

2004: Sylvia Montavon

2005: Walt Lohse

2006: Nate and Ida Johnson

2007: Dave Schreiner

2008: Winston Murray

2009: James E. Dixon

2010: Rick Munson

2011: Rick Curia

2012: Jim Sarver

2013: Danny Langloss Jr.


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