A press release from the Village of Lakewood:
Village Announces New Police Chief
The Village of Lakewood is pleased to announce the new Chief of Police will be Leigh M. Rawson.
Rawson will replace Chief Larry Howell, who will retire after 39 years of dedicated service in law enforcement, including 11 years in the Lakewood Police Department.
“I am honored to have been selected and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of Lakewood,” Rawson stated.
Rawson comes to the Village after serving as a member of the Elgin Police Department for twenty years, where he has progressively moved up the ranks, currently serving as a Lieutenant.
He has a broad spectrum of experience, having previously been assigned to the Patrol Division, Traffic Investigations Unit, Major Investigations Division, and the Tactical Response Team.
He is a graduate of Loyola University (Criminal Justice) and has a law degree from John Marshall.
Village President Erin Smith stated,
“The Village was privileged to have such a strong pool of candidates from which to make our Chief selection.
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to select a Chief of his caliber.
“I am confident that he will be an excellent fit for our community.”
Rawson will be sworn in at the June 24, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. He will begin his new assignment on June 30, 2014.
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He will be paid $95,000 per year.