After serving a 90-day term as Interim Iowa City Police Chief, Captain Troy Kelsay will return to his regular duties as Captain of Field Operations. In order to meet State of Iowa Code requirements, a second appointment to the Interim Chief role has been made by City Manager Geoff Fruin. Captain Bill Campbell will step into the interim position on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

Captain Campbell was hired by the Iowa City Police Department on April 27, 1990, and served as a patrol officer and field training officer before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant on December 22, 1996. As a Sergeant, he served as supervisor on all three patrol watches, worked as Public Information Officer, Records Division Supervisor, and as an Investigations Supervisor. On June 14, 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and eight years later, was promoted to Captain on May 12, 2016. Captain Campbell was part of the Special Response Team (SRT) for 18 years, serving as commander for the last eight of those years. He also worked closely with the Iowa City Community School District on the design and implementation of the district’s emergency response plan.  

Captain Campbell earned a BA degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Psychology from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, and is a graduate of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I would like to thank Captain Kelsay for his service as the Interim Chief and commend Captain Campbell for his willingness to step up and serve in the same capacity. Although the Police Department has been functioning without a permanent Chief of Police, the residents and visitors in our community continue to receive a high level of public safety service from the Iowa City Police Department," City Manager Geoff Fruin said.  "I am proud of the way the department as a whole has stepped up during this difficult transition period and I know they will continue to rise to the challenge under Captain Campbell’s leadership."

Per State of Iowa Code, the position of Interim Police Chief can be held by any one individual for a maximum period of ninety days. If a permanent Police Chief is not named within the ninety day period, a third appointment to the Interim Police Chief role will be made by the City Manager.

The City of Iowa City is currently reviewing applications for the open Police Chief position. Updates on the search process will be posted to

Date of publication

Friday, September 30, 2016