Police Operations  

     The Charles City Police Department is a civil service governed police agency which means that hiring standards are dictated by chapter 400 of the Iowa Code. Charles City Police Department officers handle approximately 12,000 calls for service each year including approximately 1,500 traffic stops. All sworn police officers in the state of Iowa are required to be academy certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. In addition to the training our officers get through the police academy, they receive 130 – 160 hours field training in 51 subject areas while on the job here in Charles City. Once certified, officers are required to continually update their training in areas that include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation every other year
  • Firearms training 4 times per year minimum
  • Live fire use of force training
  • Pursuit driving and emergency vehicle operations
  • Defensive tactics
  • Legal training
  • Child and adult abuse training
  • Bloodborne pathogens and infectious disease every year
  • Automatic External Defibrillator
  • On-going first aid training
  • On-going use of force training
  • Hazardous materials training every year


Mike Wendel
Serving since 1987

Chief of Police in charge of administration for department; certified firearms instructor; certified rifle instructor

Hugh Anderson
Serving since 1994

Evening shift commander; certified emergency vehicle operation instructor; certified firearms instructor; former police reserve

Brandon Franke
Serving since 2000

Night shift commander; certified chemical munitions instructor

Randy Vandeventer
Serving since 1986

Patrol Officer; certified firearms instructor; licensed pilot; former police reserve
Todd Smith
Serving since 1989
Patrol Officer, arson investigations, former police reserve
Dave Diercks
Serving since 1999
Patrol Officer; certified bicycle instructor, evidence technician
Lenny Luft
Serving since 2001
Patrol Officer
Brad Bilharz 
Serving since 2002
Patrol Officer; certified firearms/rifle/less-lethal instructor
William Vetter
Serving since 2006
Community Oriented Police Officer; former police reserve
Kevin Beaver
Serving since 2007

Patrol Officer; certified defensive tactics instructor, certified defensive duty knife instructor/ASP baton instructor

Zach Eckenrod
Serving since 2007

Patrol Officer; K-9 handler; former police reserve
Brad Worrall
Serving since 2009
Patrol Officer; Tazer instructor; alcohol / tobacco compliance; former police reserve
Kevin Marvin
Serving since 2007
Reserve Officer
Doyle Schmidt
Serving since 2009
Reserve Officer
Casey Mallory
Serving since 2010
Reserve Officer
Cody VanHorn
Serving since 2010
Reserve Officer
Kyle Wilkinson
Serving since 2010
Reserve Officer
Kathy Harrick
Serving since 2011
Police Secretary/E911 administrator
Dave Jung
Serving since 1997
Part-time animal control
Serving since 2009
Police K-9; certified in locating illegal drugs and tracking


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Charles City Police Department
105 Milwaukee Mall
Charles City, Iowa 50616
(p) 641-228-3366

Confidential Tip Line: 641-257-6303

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