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Lakewood names new police chief

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:03 p.m. CDT

LAKEWOOD – An Elgin Police Department veteran will replace retiring Lakewood Police Chief Larry Howell starting June 30.

Leigh Rawson, a 20-year veteran and lieutenant of the Elgin Police Department, has been selected to replace Howell who announced his intent to retire in March. Rawson worked his way up to lieutenant after serving in patrol, traffic investigations, major investigations and tactical response units, according to a Lakewood news release.

Rawson also has a law degree from John Marshall.

"We are honored to have had the opportunity to select a chief of his caliber, " Lakewood President Erin Smith said in a written statement. "I am confident that he will be an excellent fit for our community."

The village board is scheduled to swear in Rawson at the June 24 meeting.

Howell leaves the position after serving 11 years in the role. Howell spent his entire 39-year career in the Lakewood area, starting in 1974 with the Crystal Lake Police Department before moving on to Lake in the Hills where he spent 24 years.

"It is just the right time for me to leave," Howell said in March. "We've been very stable and able to keep the same group of guys together. That helps [the next chief] knowing individuals have been there a while."

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