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Iowa City Police Chief Search 

Following the Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 retirement of Chief Jody Matherly, the City of Iowa City launched a recruitment process for the position of Police Chief. The Iowa City Civil Service Commission formally approved the recruitment plan at its February 7, 2020, meeting. 

Read the full Police Chief job description here. 

Public Feedback

Public feedback is important throughout the entire recruitment process.  To offer your thoughts on the characteristics needed in the Iowa City Police Chief, please email the recruitment team at policechiefsearch@iowa-city.org. The recruitment team will consist of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Human Resources Administrator. Written feedback can also be submitted to the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street. All emails and written correspondence are considered a permanent public record.

Recruitment Timeline

Step 1: Approval of the Recruitment Plan by the Civil Service Commission – (Complete)

The Iowa City Civil Service Commission approved the recruitment plan at its February 7, 2020 meeting. 

Step 2:  Initial Recruitment of Qualified Candidates (Complete)

The public can view the Position Profile. Applications, along with resumes were received on or before Thursday, April 30, 2020. The job listing was posted to 17 different websites, professional groups, and job search services, including: Craigslist, Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), GovDelivery (City of Iowa City), Facebook, GovtJobs, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC); Iowa League of Cities, Iowa Police Chiefs, Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP), Iowa City/County Management Association (ICMA), Kirkwood Community College, LinkedIn, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Twitter, University of Iowa Handshake.

Step 3:  Candidate Review (Complete)

This stage of the process included responses to a written questionnaire and multiple interview panels involving internal and external stakeholders. The following interview panelists assisted with the interviewing of candidates. Stakeholder participation in the panel should not be construed as endorsement of any of the candidates. Interview panelists provided valuable feedback on each candidate, but the decision to advance candidates to the finalist stage was solely that of the City Manager.

2020 Police Chief Search Interview Panelists:

  • Nancy Bird, Iowa City Downtown District
  • Stefanie Bowers, Iowa City Office of Equity and Human Rights
  • LaTasha DeLoach, The Center
  • Eleanor Dilkes, City Attorney
  • Geoff Fruin, City Manager
  • Scott Gaarde, Iowa City Police Lieutenant
  • Karen Jennings, Iowa City Human Resources
  • Angie Jordan, Neighborhood Association Representative
  • Bijou Maliabo, Human Rights Commission
  • Kelcey Patrick-Feree, ACLU Hawkeye Chapter
  • Andy Rich, Iowa City Police Officer
  • Kevin Sanders, NAACP
  • Tony Sivanthaphanith, Iowa City Pride
  • Orville Townsend, Community Police Review Board
  • Rick Wyss, Civil Service Commission

The City of Iowa City would like to thank all of the individuals listed above for their time, energy and willingness to participate in this hiring process

Step 4: Announcement of Finalist Candidates (Complete)

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the City Manager announced three finalist candidates for the Police Chief Position. Candidate information listed below.

Jason Lando

Jason Lando: Commander, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Police Department

Dustin Liston

Dustin Liston: Lieutenant, El Paso Texas Police Department

Jeremy Logan

Jeremy Logan: Chief, Oelwein Iowa Police Department

During the finalists process the City will conduct background and reference checks. All candidates will be invited to Iowa City at a to-be-determined date to participate in final selection process activities, including an additional interview, a Police Department employee meet and greet, a private youth engagement session and a public meet and greet event. Details of the public and meet and greet event will be announced at a later date. The City will implement COVID protocols and will broadcast content from the public event for those not able to attend. 

Feedback on the candidates is welcome anytime and can be submitted by emailing policechiefsearch@iowa-city.org or submitting written feedback to the Human Resources Administrator through the Washington Street City Hall lobby drop box or via mail to City Hall at 410 E. Washington Street in Iowa City, 52240

Step 5: Civil Service Commission and City Council Approval (Anticipated August-September)

The City Manager will announce the appointment of a single candidate. As required by City Code, City Manager will seek approval from both the Civil Service Commission and the City Council. The public may share their input with the City Council at council@iowa-city.org. All City Council correspondence becomes a permanent public record.   

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