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Fire chief retiring, switching city hats

DIXON – The Dixon Fire Department’s chief and deputy chief plan to retire this summer.

Chief Tim Shipman plans to step down in late July after more than a decade in the position and will become the city’s new building official.

He joined the department in 1993, was promoted to lieutenant in 2005 and was appointed chief in 2008.

In August, Shipman will head the city building department and take on additional duties including, public property facility maintenance, as well as leading in-house construction projects and supervising the City Hall and Public Safety Building custodian.

“Keeping Shipman’s leadership, work ethic and proven results on our team is a huge win for our city,” City Manager Danny Langloss said. “He has an extensive construction background and is very well-versed in building codes and inspections.”

Shipman will replace longtime Building Official Paul Shiaras, who’s retiring in late August after 23 years with the city.

“Paul will be deeply missed,” Langloss said. “His infectious positive personality and extensive expertise made him an incredible asset to our city over the past 23 years.”

Fire Deputy Chief Mark Callison will also be retiring in June. He joined the department in 1996, was promoted to lieutenant in 2004 followed by captain in 2005 and deputy chief in 2013. His replacement will be appointed by the new fire chief.

Langloss said they are doing an in-house hiring process for the new chief and have two applicants, who will be interviewed by a hiring committee. The new chief is likely to be chosen by the end of the month and will work with Shipman until taking over in the summer.

The committee will consist of Finance Director Becky Fredericks, Public Works Director Matt Heckman, City Councilmen Mike Venier and Dennis Considine, firefighter Aaron Brown, Rockford Fire Department Division Chief Matt Knott, Shipman, and Langloss.

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