FD police chief to leave post

Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody will become the police chief in Council Bluffs next month, City Manager David Fierke said Monday night.

Fierke said Carmody’s last day on the job will be Aug. 22.

Phone calls seeking comment from Carmody weren’t returned Monday night.

He has been the chief in Fort Dodge since Sept. 6, 2010.

”He’s raised the professionalism of the Police Department tremendously,” Fierke said. ”He’s become very active in the community.”

”It’s hard to put into words,” he added. ”He’s done so much.”

On the job, Carmody ”demanded a level of professionalism from the officers,” Fierke said.

He said the chief made training a high priority, and played a key role in starting the Fort Dodge/Webster County Citizen’s Academy in which residents learn how various public safety agencies work.

The sixth Citizen’s Academy class graduated in May.

Under Carmody’s leadership, the school resource officer program which assigns patrol officers to schools was expanded. Now there are two officers performing that duty instead of one and the Fort Dodge Community School District helps to pay some of the costs.

”Our level of intensity in pursuing criminal investigations really amped up under Tim,” Fierke said.

He said Assistant Police Chief Kevin Doty will be named acting police chief. The process for finding Carmody’s replacement hasn’t been developed yet.

Away from work, Carmody is the chairman of the board for the United Way and Fort Dodge Community Foundation.

The move to Council Bluffs is a homecoming of sorts for Carmody, who began his career just across the Missouri River in the Omaha, Neb., area. He started with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department and then moved to the Omaha Police Department. He was a captain on the Omaha force before coming to Fort Dodge.

In early 2013, Carmody became a finalist for the police chief position in Bellevue, Neb. That position later went to an internal candidate who had been serving as interim police chief.

At that time, Carmody said his decision to apply for the Bellevue position was based solely on an opportunity to be closer to immediate family in the Omaha area.

Though he was disappointed he wasn’t able to move closer to family, Carmody said he looked forward to being a part of the future of Fort Dodge.

“I also feel that we’re truly blessed here,” he said in a previous edition of The Messenger. “I see a very bright future here in Fort Dodge, and I want to be a part of it.”

He also credited the people of Fort Dodge for the progress the community made over the past few years.

“It’s not about me,” Carmody said. “Our success has been as a community.”

In a previous edition of The Messenger, Carmody said it was his goal to improve three areas within the Fort Dodge Police Department; communication, staff development and service.

Comparing all three to a three-legged stool, Carmody said “one without the other won’t stand up. Those were our three main goals, and we worked on several sub-goals.”

During his first year as police chief, Carmody and other staff members created a 10-week training program. This included mandatory regular training. Prior to Carmody’s arrival, training consisted of eight hours per officer per year.