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Hawarden hires police chief to be city administrator

He was Chief of Police for Hawarden for 18 years

HAWARDEN, Iowa - At the Wednesday, November 9, City Council meeting it was voted to adopt a contract presented to them to hire long time City Police Chief Mike DeBruin as their newly hired City Administrator with a 4-0 vote.

DeBruin has served the Chief of Police for the City of Hawarden for 18 years managing the personnel, equipment and budgets of the Police Department.

“I have really enjoyed being a part of the management team of the city for the last 18 years. I’ll miss many aspects of the Police Department but I look forward to working more closely with the rest of the management team and council to continue moving the mark forward in Hawarden,” said DeBruin.

DeBruin will continue in the role of Police Chief until January 1 when he will step down to be promoted to Assistant City Administrator. DeBruin will work along current City Administrator Gary Tucker until his retirement at the end of February. A search is already underway for a new Police Chief, which according to Hawarden City Code is appointed by the Mayor.

“The City Council and myself are very pleased to have Mike DeBruin transition into the City Administrator position for the City of Hawarden. He has served our community very well the past 18 years and we felt that with his knowledge of the community and desire to continue moving Hawarden forward, that he was the best qualified for the office. Mike has worked closely with Gary Tucker the past 10 years, so the change into the City Administrator position should be very smooth.”

The council received over 30 applicants for the position coming from across the United States. The hiring sub committee narrowed down the search to the top four candidates and conducted interviews which lead to their selection.

“Mike’s experience managing people, working with external agencies, writing grants and managing budgets not to mention the years he has served the city and been involved in the city structure and utilities set him apart. It’s an exciting time for Hawarden and I’m looking forward to supporting Mike in his new role,” said Councilperson Travis Olson.

Interested candidates for the Chief of Police can find application information on the City of Hawarden’s website at www.cityofhawarden.com. Applications are being accepted until December 8, 2017.

- Press release from the City of Hawarden

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