Iowa City's new Police Chief Jody Matherly was sworn-in during an early morning ceremony at City Hall on Monday, January 23, 2017.  

City Council members, police officers and city staff gathered inside Emma Harvat Hall for the ceremony which was conducted by Deputy City Clerk Julie Voparil​. Matherly spoke after he was sworn-in saying the department will continue to serve the Iowa City community with the utmost professionalism. 

"I see nothing but smiling faces, eager officers, a well trained command staff since I started in this process and we are certainly going to continue in that direction," Chief Matherly said. 

Matherly brings more than three decades of law enforcement experience to Iowa City, 13 of those years as a police chief. He most recently served as Chief of Police in Altoona and before that was Chief of Police in Grinnell. Matherly holds both a Master of Liberal Studies Degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree.

City Manager Geoff Fruin recommended Matherly to the Iowa City City Council following an extensive search process that included recruitment, interviews and public input. The Iowa City City council unanimously approved his appointment in December 2016. Matherly replaces former Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine who retired in June 2016. ​


Date of publication

Monday, January 23, 2017