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Polk City Mayor Jason Morse announces the appointment ofTrace Kendig as the next Police Chief for Polk City

Posted May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized, In Living, Web Exclusives, North Polk

Polk City Mayor Jason Morse announces the appointment ofTrace

Kendig as the next Police Chief for Polk City. Chief Kendig was

selected from a field of forty applicants for the position. “This the first

time Polk City has had a need to select a new Police Chief in over 30

years” Mayor Morse said. He also commented “All parties involved

have worked diligently to select the right person to lead the Polk City

Police Department. I am excited for Chief Kendig to staft in his new

role and look forward to working with him to identify and meet the

needs of our growing community.”

Presently Chief Kendig is the second-in-command at Windsor Heights, Iowa, Police

Department, where he has served for ten years, and the last five as a Lieutenant. He

began his career in 2001, as an officer in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and moved to Storm

Lake, Iowa, before coming to Windsor Heights. He earned a Master’s Degree in

Criminal lustice from Simpson College in 2014, and just recently completed the

Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command Course, where he was

elected as the Activities Director for the class.

The final stage of the selection process occurred Tuesday, May 17,2016. The entire

City Council, three Polk City Department Directors, and a panel of Law Enforcement

Executives from Central Iowa law Enforcement Agencies interviewed five finalists for

the position. Mayor Morse stated he was very impressed with the high quality of those

applicants. After spending the day meeting with the finalists, the Council heard from

the other two Interview Panels, before making a decision. Chief Kendig is expected to

assume his Office by the first paft of June, with a formal Swear-In and Welcome

Ceremony to follow, details will be forthcoming.

Mayor Morse, the City Council, and City Staff thank William Moulder and Associates for

their assistance in the process and their commitment to finding the best candidate for

the City of Polk City.





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