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Polk City, Iowa

lnterim Police Chief Appointed to Polk City Police Department

by jgschreier 10/9/2015

POLK CITY, IOWA -- Polk City Mayor Jason Morse announces the appointment of Roger Sanders as interim police chief of the Polk City Police Department. The appointment of Sanders follows the retirement of long-time Police Chief Mark Bowersox.

"It's tough to lose the expertise of someone like Chief Bowersox after so many years of dedicated service as he has been a valuable asset to this city ," Morse said. "But I believe Roger Sanders, with his years of service as a law enforcement officer, leader, and consultant, will bring some valuable experience and insight to Polk City and our police department."

Sanders brings more than 40 years of experience to Polk City, including 39 years with the Des Moines Police Department and more recently 3-and-a-half years as police chief of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department.

Sanders met with city staff and police department personnel and was sworn in Friday afternoon. He joins a staff with five other law enforcement officers.

"I am looking forward to working with the mayor and city council and the officers of the Polk City Police Department to maintain continuity of service to the citizens and a smooth transition period as the council and the department move forward and plan for the future." Sanders said. "I want to wish Chief Bowersox a well-deserved long and happy retirement and on behalf of the department thank him for his many years of dedicated service to it and the citizens of Polk City."

Future of the Police Department
During this interim period, the city will be examining future options for the police department, as announced during the Sept. 28 city council meeting. A five-member committee, including the mayor, council members, and city staff, has been appointed to look at options and provide recommendations back to the city council.

The committee's task is to review the city's law enforcement needs and what options may be able to meet those needs. All options will be examined, including keeping the current structure of the department, as well as other alternatives that may be viable. The committee has not met yet, and no further discussion has taken place nor decisions made.

During the process, committee members will be looking at some key elements to help them make a recommendation. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week law enforcement presence in Polk City.
  • Having law enforcement officers that are connected with and involved in the community.
  • Finding a solution that is financially feasible for the city.
  • And finding a solution that can meet both the current needs of the city, and future needs as the city continues to grow.

Any recommendations will be presented and discussed at future city council meetings, as well as public meetings to gather community feedback. City council members welcome feedback at any time concerning the issue or comments can be directed to city hall.

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October 13. 2015 11:04

Debra Schroeder

Congratulations Roger!!

Debra Schroeder

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