Dixon names new fire chief

March 30, 2019

DIXON – The city has named its next fire chief, and he’s slated to take over during the summer.

Dixon Fire 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.

A city hiring committee recently wrapped up an in-house search for Shipman’s replacement and on Firday named fire Capt. Ryan Buskohl to the position.

Buskohl, 40, joined the department in 2005 after working as a paramedic with CGH Emergency Medical Services and a volunteer with the Polo Fire Department. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2011 and captain in 2013.

He’s an adjunct instructor and curriculum coordinator of fire science at Sauk Valley Community College as well as a board member of Sauk’s Leadership Development Program.

Buskohl was one of two applicants; he will step into the position in late July or early August.

Shipman 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.

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

Fire Deputy Chief Mark Callison also will 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.

“With Chief Shipman and Deputy Chief Callison announcing their retirements, we felt it was important to select our next fire chief and give him the opportunity to work with Shipman and Callison over the next 4 months to ensure a smooth transition,” City Manager Danny Langloss said.