Sheldon, Iowa — There’s a movie line that goes, “There’s a new Sheriff in town.” While that’s not exactly the case, Sheldon DOES have a new Chief of Police, as Officer David Dykstra was sworn in as Interim Chief during a noon-hour city council meeting Wednesday.
Sheldon Mayor Greg Geels administered the Oath of Office for Police Chief to Dykstra during that meeting.
Following the Oath of Office, outgoing chief Lyle Bolkema pinned the identifying pins of rank to Dykstra’s uniform. Then, Bolkema removed the Chief’s badge from his own uniform and pinned it on Dykstra’s chest.
Chief Dykstra will serve as Interim Police Chief for the next several months until a new permanent Chief can be hired to fill the position. Earlier Dykstra had indicated that he would not be a candidate for that permanent position.
Bolkema is now, officially, retired after protecting and serving the citizens of Sheldon for more than thirty years.
Below are some images from Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony. All photos by KIWA Staff
Sheldon Mayor Greg Geels administers Oath of Office To Interim Police Chief David Dykstra
Retiring Police Chief Lyle Bolkema pins the Chief of Police Shield to Dykstra’s uniform
Outgoing Police Chief Lyle Bolkema Congratulates Interim Chief David Dykstra
Sheldon Interim Police Chief David Dykstra
The two Sheldon Police Chiefs pose with the other officers of the Sheldon Police Department