On Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, City Manager Geoff Fruin appointed Captain Bill Campbell to serve as Interim Police Chief, effective immediately.
The appointment follows the departure of current Police Chief Jody Matherly, who previously announced his retirement from the Iowa City Police Department earlier this month.
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 a supervisor on all three patrol watches, worked as Public Information Officer, Records 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 has served as Interim Police Chief in 2016, as well. 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's Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, Kentucky.
"With almost 30 years of experience in the Police Department, I am more than confident that Captain Campbell can lead the ICPD during this transitional time," City Manager Geoff Fruin said.
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 second appointment to the Interim Police Chief role will be made by the City Manager.
The City has launched a national search for the Police Chief position. Information and updates on the search can be viewed at icgov.org/policechiefsearch, or hard copy comments can be dropped off to the City Manger's Office or the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.