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City of Marion announces new Chief of Police

MARION, Iowa (KWWL)— The City of Marion has announced Mike Kitsmiller as its next Chief of Police.

Kitsmiller will be responsible for the administration, coordination and direction of all Marion Police Department activities. The department employs 45 sworn officers and 15 civilian employees. The agency houses the patrol, investigations, support services and public safety communication divisions.

“We were happy to have a group of highly-qualified candidates,” said City Manager Lon Pluckhahn. “Mr. Kitsmiller has a solid reputation within the law enforcement community and will bring an extensive network of contacts and resources to Marion. He has ties to our area and is a familiar face to our partner agencies.”

Kitsmiller has been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 20 years and has broad supervisory and executive management experience. He spent over 11 years with the Memphis Police Department prior to joining the FBI. Additionally, he is a trainer in law enforcement and a public speaker.

Kitsmiller was stationed in eastern Iowa for a majority of his time with the FBI. Both of his children are graduates of Linn-Mar High School and his family considers Iowa to be their home. The Kitsmillers currently reside about 25 miles away, but will be relocating to Marion.

City Manager Lon Pluckhahn extended a conditional offer to Kitsmiller over the weekend and Marion City Council is expected to approve the contract at their next meeting on Sept. 19, 2019. Kitsmiller’s first day on the job will be Sept. 30, 2019.

KWWL Staff

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