Command Staff

Command Staff

Chief Steven C. Howell, Jr.

Chief Steven C. Howell Jr. was appointed Chief of Police in November, 2017.  Howell graduated from Dixon High School in 1994 andChief Howell is a 6 year military veteran. Howell began his career as a patrol officer in 1999, was appointed as a Designated Officer In Charge of a patrol shift in 2002, served as a school resource officer for nearly 2 years, and then served as a detective before he was promoted to Sergeant in 2008. In 2015, Howell became the Detective Sergeant and has led all major investigations for the past 2 years. Howell has extensive background in emergency operations and served on the Tactical Response Team for 14 years. For the past 5 years, Howell has served on the Lee County Drug Court, a very progressive alternative court program that helps those suffering from addiction.

Howell has been instrumental in the Safe Passage Initiative for the past 2 years.


Lieutenant Clay Whelan

whelanLieutenant Whelan joined the Dixon Police Department on January 2, 1995 as a patrol officer. In March of 1997, he was assigned to the Detective Division until his promotion to Sergeant on January 1, 2000. Whelan worked as a patrol sergeant for six months, and then returned to the Detective Division as Detective Sergeant until December of 2002. On June 5, 2003, Whelan was promoted to Lieutenant, and he assumed the position of Field Services Lieutenant.  In June of 2008, Whelan became the Investigations Lieutenant.  He is responsible for overseeing and leading five investigators, two school resource officers and the civilian staff of the police department.

Lieutenant Whelan previously served on the Department's Tactical Response Team, and is an active member of the SCUBA Team.


Lieutenant Brad Sibley

sibleyLieutenant Sibley began his career with the Dixon Police Department on June 21, 1993. He worked in the patrol division until March of 1998; at which time he was transferred into a Detective assignment. On October 28, 2000, Sibley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and assumed the responsibilities of supervising a patrol shift. On June 5, 2003, Sibley transferred into the position of Detective Sergeant. On October 1, 2003, Sibley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenant Sibley supervised the Detective Division until June of 2008 when he became the Field Services Lieutenant.  As Field Services Lieutenant, he is responsible for the management and scheduling of the Patrol Division as well as training for the Department.

Lieutenant Sibley has served in many capacities in his tenure on the Dixon Police Department including bicycle patrol, an original member of the Tactical Response Team, as a grant writer, and a latent fingerprint examiner.