Longtime Spirit Lake Police Chief Announces His Retirement

Tue 4-27-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- The longtime Police Chief of Spirit Lake has announced his retirement. Jeff Hanson told the city council Tuesday evening his final day on the job will be June 30th.

Hanson has been with the department 34 years, 16 of those as chief. He told the council he made the decision with a lot of mixed emotions...Jeff Hanson01 

"I've had the privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Spirit Lake for the past 34 years. With this decision I had mixed emotions. I've worked with good people and have made a lot of friends along the way. First, I want to thank my wife, Kathy, our kids and family for their support and understanding with all the demands of the job. I also want to thank the city for giving me this opportunity and honor of being the Chief of Police for the past 16 years."

Hanson also expressed his gratitude to the city and those he's worked with over the years...Jeff Hanson02 

"The city has always been progressive and provided us with the tools we needed to do the best job possible. It's amazing how the city has grown within the last 34 years with the changes that have been made. Not all have agreed with every decision that I made, but I did what I felt was in the best interest of the citizens of Spirit Lake and the Spirit Lake Police Department. Being a police officer can be a thankless and extremely dangerous occupation. Given the recent events in our country, I'm grateful for the support our community has continued to show. I feel the city of Spirit Lake has one of the best and most professional Police Departments in the state of Iowa. Every employee goes above and beyond and does the best job they can every day. I want to thank them for their professionalism, hard work, and dedication to the citizens of Spirit Lake. I would not have been able to succeed as Chief of Police without them."

Hanson said he plans to spend more time with his family and one of his favorite past times: fishing.