FDPD officer charged with domestic assault

A Fort Dodge police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after allegedly assaulting his wife.

Jody Chansler, 41, of Fort Dodge, has been charged with domestic abuse/assault, a simple misdemeanor.

According to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody, Chansler’s wife came to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday to report a domestic assault. She said that she had been assaulted by her husband, who was off duty at the time of the alleged incident.

While initially officers with the FDPD and Webster County sheriff’s deputies responded, Carmody said the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was asked to investigate the allegations.

Chansler’s wife was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center for minor injuries, where she was treated and released.

This was “based on the information developed during the investigation, the desire to maintain the integrity of the investigative process and to avoid a potential conflict of interest.”

Chansler was booked into the Webster County Jail on the charge. Carmody said domestic abuse/assault is a “no bond” charge.

Because of the allegation, Chansler, a 12-year veteran of the FDPD, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case and investigation. Carmody added that the department is conducting an internal investigation along with the criminal case.

Chansler is expected to appear in Webster County Magistrate Court this morning at 9 a.m.