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Iowa City names new interim police chief

Captain Bill Campbell to take over position Saturday

Captain Bill Campbell
Captain Bill Campbell

IOWA CITY — A new interim police chief is set to begin his duties on Saturday.

City Manager Geoff Fruin appointed Captain Bill Campbell, who has been with the department since 1990, as interim police chief, according to a news release Friday.

The police chief position was left vacant after Chief Sam Hargadine retired in June.

Campbell was preceded by Captain Troy Kelsay, who must step down from the role as Iowa Code mandates that the position of interim police chief only can be held by any individual for 90 days.

Kelsay will return to his regular position of captain of field operations.

Campbell took on numerous roles with the department over the years. Among those positions, he has served as commander of the Special Response Team, public information officer and an investigations supervisor.

He also worked with the Iowa City Community School District on the design of its emergency response plan.

Campbell earned a criminal justice administration and psychology degree from Mount Mercy College before graduating from the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course.

Iowa City is in the process of reviewing applications for a permanent police chief.

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