By SAMANTHA PIDDE
After a career spanning more than 30 years of law enforcement in Carroll County, Savanna Police Chief Kevin Dimmick is retiring.
Growing up in Thomson, Dimmick, 54, said he knew he wanted to be a police officer when he was quite young. As a child, he was "interested in and fascinated by" a career in law enforcement.
"A law enforcement career was something that could be different every day," Dimmick told the Savanna Times-Journal in an email interview.
After graduating from Thomson High School in 1982, Dimmick attended Clinton, Iowa, Community College, receiving his Associate’s degree in 1984. He later graduated from the Police Training Institute (PTI) University of Illinois in 1992.
Dimmick's career in law enforcement began in March 1987 as a part-time officer in Thomson. He later joined the Savanna Police Department in July 1991 as a full-time police officer.
Chief Dimmick has served in many different roles throughout his 28 years of service in Savanna. In August 2002, he became the School Resource Officer (SRO) and was promoted to lieutenant in January 2003. He has served as chief of police since July 2017.
Dimmick said one of the best parts of his job has been having so many different roles.
"I enjoy the many different aspects of being a police officer, talking to people, helping people when they need help or have a problem, working in the schools with the teachers and students as a school resource officer," said Dimmick.
"Working on traffic issues, criminal investigations, drug cases, working with other agencies and departments in the area on law enforcement issues as well as other emergency services (fire and ambulance) and other service agencies (DCFS, LSSI, Tyler Justice Center, Riverview Center) to help people," added Dimmick.
He noted that the hardest part of his job has been working murder cases, child abuse/assaults and fatal accidents and suicides.
Dimmick said he felt it was the right time to retire and spend more time with his family and simply "slow life down." He has no definite plans besides relaxing and completing some small projects at home. He is a member of the Savanna Moose Lodge and enjoys hunting and fishing.
Dimmick and his wife, Connie, have been married for almost 28 years (on Dec. 25) and have lived in Mount Carroll for 27 years. Connie is a veteran dispatcher with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
The couple have four children — three sons and a daughter. Their oldest son, Kierstin, lives in Las Vegas, Nev., and works as an event technology coordinator for the UNLV student union. Another son, Kyler, works for Nate Rubio at J & S Body Shop in Savanna. Their daughter, Kaileine, just graduated in May from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and is currently looking for a job. The Dimmicks' youngest son, Koltin, graduated from Sauk Valley Community College last spring and transferred to Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., to complete his bachelor's degree in international business.
The City of Savanna is celebrating Dimmick's years of service with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Savanna City Hall on Chicago Avenue. Refreshments will be served.
“I wish the Savanna Police Department and the citizens of Savanna the best and to work closely together to solve the issues that are occurring every day," said Dimmick. "I think what I will miss the most is the contact I had with the public each day."