A lifelong Northwest Suburban resident, John Lawson grew up in Mount Prospect and attended St. Viator High School, where his participation in the Mt. Prospect Police Explorers program sparked his interest in law enforcement. After attending Harper College and Lewis University where John earned a B.A., and later an M.S., in Criminal and Social Justice, he became a police officer. He has served as a distinguished member of the police department for 27 years, earning recognition as “Police Officer of the Year,” with the Village of Roselle in 1992, as well as earning an award for "Illinois Police Officer of the Year" from the Illinois State Crime Commission in 1997.
John currently holds the rank of Detective Sergeant assigned as the Investigations Commander with the Roselle Police Department.
Serving as Schaumburg Township Assessor since 2004, John has been a fierce advocate for taxpayers – hosting numerous seminars that educate and assist residents in appealing their property tax assessments. Often, Cook County incorrectly assesses the market value of resident’s homes, resulting in a higher property tax bill. As Assessor, John has led the fight to get those assessments reduced in a fair and ethical manner. John also holds a State of Illinois Certified Illinois Assessing Officers License.
Since moving to Schaumburg with his wife, Laura, in 1986, John has been an active member of the community, coaching a adult baseball team and being an involved member of St. Walter Catholic Church in Roselle. John serves on the Illinois Association of Chief's of Police legislative committee, Illinois State Crime Commission legislative committee, Northwest Suburban Chief's of Police Association, Illinois Township Officials Association and Cook County Assessors Association. John and Laura have been married for 25 years and have raised two wonderful sons, Robert (23) and Kevin (20).