Police Commissioners

Police and Fire Commissioner

bob.jpg Bob Shomaker has served as Commissioner on the Police and Fire Board since 1987. Commissioner Shomaker has been an Independent Insurance Agent for 28 years in Dixon. He graduated from Dixon High School, Georgia Southern University (1972) with a B.S in Criminal Justice. Commissioner Shomaker is married with two children.

Police and Fire Commissioner

ike.jpg Isaac Mercer has served as Commissioner on the Police and Fire Board since 1990. Commissioner Mercer moved to Dixon in 1946 and started working at the steel mill in Sterling. He retired from the steel mill in 1982.

Commissioner Mercer served two years in the Korean War and was active for six years in the Army Reserve. He received an honorable discharge from the military in 1969. He and his wife Earline have been married for 54 years and now have six children with 9 grandchildren.

He was a cofounder of the youth baseball league and also coached for 43 years. Commissioner Mercer is an active volunteer in the following organizations; Meals on Wheels, Hospice, and a Charter Member on Habitat for Humanity. He has been an active member with the Second Baptist Church for 48 years and has served as an usher, trustee, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer. Commissioner Mercer worked as bailiff in the Lee County Court House. He has been a Reserve Deputy with the Lee County Sheriff's Department for the past 23 years.

Police and Fire Commissioner

Bruce Keller has served as Commissioner on the Police and Fire Board since 1988. Commissioner Keller graduated from Luther College in 1973.  He graduated with honors from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1987.  He has authored and co-authored articles which have been published in the Northern Illinois University Law Review and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.  He practices law in Dixon.

Commissioner Keller and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and two grandchildren.

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