New Polk City police chief has North Polk roots

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times
New Polk City police chief has North Polk roots

Polk City Mayor Jason Morse has announced the appointment of Trace Kendig as the next police chief for Polk City. Kendig was selected from a field of 40 applicants for the position.

“This the first time Polk City has had a need to select a new police chief in over 30 years,” 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 start 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 the Windsor Heights Police Department, where he has served for 10 years, the last five as a lieutenant. He began his career in 2001, as an officer in Emmetsburg, and moved to Storm Lake before coming to Windsor Heights. He earned a master’s degree in criminal justice 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.

Chief Kendig has been married to his wife, Jerilyn, for 15 years, and they have two young children. He grew up in Elkhart and attended school at North Polk, from first grade to high school graduation. Kendig is looking forward to moving to the Polk City area and having his children attend the same schools he did.

The final stage of the selection process occurred Tuesday, May 17. 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. Morse said 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.

Kendig is expected to assume his office by the first part of June, with a formal swearing-in and welcome ceremony to follow; details will be forthcoming.

Morse, the City Council and city staff thanked William Moulder and Associates for their assistance in the process and their commitment to finding the best candidate for Polk City.