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Police Chief Wayne Jerman Retires, Interim Chief Appointed

Police Chief Wayne Jerman Retires, Interim Chief Appointed

April 11, 2023

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman announced his retirement today after 44 years of public service and more than ten years with the City of Cedar Rapids. Jerman was sworn in as the 43rd chief in the history of the Cedar Rapids Police Department on October 29, 2012.

“During my time as Chief, I have appreciated the support of City staff, City leadership, and the unwavering backing of the City Council and City Manager,” said Jerman. “I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and thank the community members who provided me and the Police Department with tremendous assistance and support.”

Chief Wayne Jerman“I want each member of the Police Department to know how honored I am to have had the privilege to serve alongside you — whether you are a sworn officer or professional, non-sworn staff member of the Department. I am proud of our accomplishments during my more than ten-year tenure as Chief. I am confident that I will be leaving the Department in great hands and I am equally confident that you will all continue to provide the highest level of professional and quality police services to our community,” said Jerman.

“Chief Jerman has done an excellent job leading the Cedar Rapids Police Department,” said City Manager Jeff Pomeranz. “I am proud and grateful for his hard work, professionalism, dedication and commitment to our community and the communities he has served throughout his career.”

Jerman’s accomplishments during his tenure at the Cedar Rapids Police Department are numerous, covering a range of priorities including department training, mentorship support, and leadership; targeted efforts to address gun violence, mental health, and support victims of crimes; enhanced community involvement in policing practices; improvements to facilities and technology; and achieving full advanced accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Find a more detailed summary of the Chief’s accomplishments.

The City Council authorized a severance agreement at today’s Noon council meeting. Following execution of the agreement, Pomeranz announced the appointment of Interim Chief of Police Tom Jonker.

“Interim Chief Jonker has served the Cedar Rapids community for 32 years,” said City Manager Jeff Pomeranz. “He has dedicated his entire career in service to the City of Cedar Rapids Police Department and will serve in the role while the City begins the search process for our next Police Chief.”

Jonker began his career in the patrol division in 1990 and worked his way through the ranks, becoming Deputy Chief of Police in 2013. His role as Interim Chief of Police is effective immediately.

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