Chief John Quinn

Title: Police Chief
Phone: 515-978-7966
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On June 27, 2008, Commissioner Eugene T. Meyer appointed John Quinn Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation. Director Quinn began his career with DPS in 1983 after completing the 11th Basic Academy. He was first assigned as a Special Agent for the DCI working general criminal investigations. After 20 years investigating more than 100 homicides and numerous other crimes against person or property, Quinn was promoted to Special Agent In Charge, supervising all field operations, investigations and personnel for DCI's Zone 1. Then in 2003, Quinn was promoted to Assistant Director of DCI in Charge of Field Operations. In his duties as Assistant Director Quinn managed all general criminal investigations, DCI's Cyber Crime Unit and the Missing Persons Information Clearinghouse.

In his years of service to DPS, Quinn served as a DPS recruiter, head drill instructor for the DPS Academy, and coordinated DCI firearms training when the division switched from revolvers to semi-automatic pistol in 1993 and 1994. Quinn was also one of DPS' greatest resources in training officers state-wide on the basic techniques of interviewing and interrogation.
Quinn is a 1982 graduate of Iowa State University. In his journey toward self-improvement, he also completed Drake University's Certified Public Management Program in 2006 and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2007. Quinn is also a 2007 Leadership Iowa Graduate. 

In March of 2014, John was hired as the Waukee Chief of Police.


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