Alisa Dixson, the new officer, was born in Ottumwa and lived there for 14 years, until she moved with her mother to Cleghorn. Dixson attended high school at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, where she played softball and graduated in 1998. She then attended Northwest Community College in Sheldon, and in 2004 earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Buena Vista University.
After college, Dixson worked for a time at the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center as a jailer and dispatcher, so she is not unfamiliar with her new workplace.
Officer Dixson worked at the Jerry Rabiner Boys' Ranch for delinquent boys in Fort Dodge for about six months until she took a job as a case aide for the Department of Human Services in Cherokee and Ida Counties, which was her employment at the time she took her new job with the Cherokee Police Department.
Dixson's father, Jay, still lives in Ottumwa, but both her father and mother, Elaine Hageman, are natives of the Marcus area. Alisa and her 11-year-old daughter, Kaleigh, live in the Cleghorn area and Kaleigh is currently a sixth grader at the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Middle School.
In her off-duty time, Officer Dixson enjoys an active life. Some of her favorite activities include working out at the Wellness Center, golfing, bowling, and camping and hiking with her daughter. She also coaches her daughter's softball team in the summer.