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.”
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.