The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) is pleased to announce the promotions of two of its officers. On Friday, March 12, 2021, Chief Dustin Liston promoted Officer Doug Roling to the rank of Sergeant, and Sergeant Jerry Blomgren to the rank of Lieutenant. 

A promotional ceremony was held with limited attendance due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Sergeant Doug Roling started his law enforcement career with the Coralville Police Department in 2004, after graduating from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy that same year. He was hired by the ICPD on December 28, 2014. In 2006, he was appointed to the Johnson County Metropolitan Bomb Squad and continued serving on that team after joining the ICPD. Sgt. Roling now serves as that team’s commander. Through his time with the ICPD, Sgt. Roling has been a Field Training Officer, Peer Support Member, and was recently selected as a Detective in the Investigations Division. 

With his promotion, Sgt. Roling will return to the street as a Patrol Supervisor. Sgt. Roling has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Lieutenant Jerry Blomgren started his law enforcement career with the Pella Police Department in 1993, and was hired by the ICPD on January 7, 1997. Lt. Blomgren was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on October 1, 2016. During his time with the ICPD, Lt. Blomgren has been a member of the Street Crimes Action Team (SCAT), the Special Response Team (SRT), he has served on the Johnson County Drug Task Force, he has been a Field Training Officer, and was most recently supervised the Street Crimes Action Team. 

With his promotion, Lt. Blomgren will return to the street as a Patrol Watch Commander.  Lt. Blomgren has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Indian Hills Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Drake University.

From left to right: Sergeant Doug Roling, Chief Dustin Liston, Lieutenant Jerry Blomgren.
From left to right: Sergeant Doug Roling, Chief Dustin Liston, Lieutenant Jerry Blomgren.

Date of publication

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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