2023 – Chief Steve Johnson


Steve Johnson serves as Chief of Police for the city of Swansea, Illinois.  Previously, Chief Johnson was the Special Operations Coordinator for the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.  With the State’s Attorney’s Office, some of Steve’s responsibilities include participating in grant writing and increasing technology in the grant writing process, coordinating communication between law enforcement and the state’s attorney’s office, and coordinating law enforcement training. 

Steve Johnson also served with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and retired as a captain in 2014. Johnson was assigned as the Commander of the elite Street Crimes Unit, a special force designed to go after career criminals in violent areas of the entire county.  He also served  as the Chief Investigator overseeing the Criminal Investigation Section, Drug Tactical Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Special Response Team (SWAT), Warrant Section, Evidence Section, DEA Taskforce Agent, Auto theft Taskforce Agent, Courthouse Security, Domestic Violence Unit, Internal Affairs and St. Clair County Investigative Professionals Group (SCIP). 

Chief Johnson was recently invited to the White House and appointed as a Panel Member of the President’s 21st Century Task Force.  He’s currently a member of the Multi-Agency Readiness Command Post for the Ferguson Area Police Departments.  Steve is also a graduate of the FBI’s prestigious National Academy (224th Session) and graduated from the 200 hour Police Training Board certified course, “Police Executive Role in the 21st Century” on Command Leadership. 

Chief Johnson has been a contract instructor with FLETC and has served as an adjunct instructor for Southwestern Illinois College where he taught subject areas that include Criminology, Criminalistics, Crime Scene Investigations, Cybercrime, and Criminal Investigations. Steve is currently the Lead Instructor for “Interview & Investigation; A Four Module Program” and instructors our “How to Predict Violence & Influence Outcomes”, the legendary “Street Survival Seminar”, “Finding the Leader in You” and “The Competitive Edge for Probation & Parole” programs.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University and earned his Master of Arts Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management Specializing in Personnel Management.