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Iowa City police chief finalists announced

The Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Ga
The Iowa City Police Department logo is shown on a squad car in Iowa City on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Three men are in the running to serve as Iowa City’s next police chief.

City Manager Geoff Fruin said in a news release Thursday the finalists are Cmdr. Jason Lando of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Lt. Dustin Liston of the El Paso (Texas) Police Department and Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan.

“They saw a great opportunity here in Iowa City,” Fruin told The Gazette. “They want to actively be a part of the community discussion that’s happening right now.”

Lando has been with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police since 2000 and commander since 2014. He has a bachelor’s degree in emergency medicine management from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in legal studies from the California University of Pennsylvania.

Liston is a 1997 graduate from the University of Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. The following year he was hired by the El Paso Police Department and was promoted to lieutenant in 2014. He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from Sul Ross State University in 2016.

Logan has been with the Oelwein Police Department since 1993 and has served as chief since 2002. He has a bachelor’s degree in applied science in criminal justice administration from Waldorf University and is enrolled in the Criminal Justice Leadership Master’s Program at Waldorf.

Fruin said 18 people applied for the chief position. Semifinalists were interviewed by a committee, but Fruin selected the finalists.

Whoever is selected will join a department that could see changes in coming months. The City Council has committed to restructuring the police department. City Council members have said they want a police chief who sees that process as an opportunity. Fruin agrees.

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“That was really important to me,” Fruin said. “I think all three candidates demonstrated a very good understanding of where we’re at as a community and what we expect from the police department.”

A background and reference check process has begun. The city is working on setting a date for the chief candidates to come to Iowa City and take part in the next stage of the recruitment process. Fruin said details of a public meet-and-greet event with the chiefs will be announced at a later date. The event will include COVID-19 protocols and be broadcast for those unable to attend.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback by emailing policechiefsearch@iowa-city.org or sending written feedback to the Human Resources Administrator at 410 E. Washington St. or using the City Hall lobby drop box.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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