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Fort Madison Hires New Police Chief

Aug 8, 2019

Fort Madison’s new police chief brings decades of law enforcement experience to the post. The city council this week unanimously agreed to hire Mark Rohloff to replace Tim Sittig, who resigned several months ago.

Rohloff said he’s been in law enforcement for 39 years, starting out as a patrol officer. He said he’s spent 18 of those years in administrative roles, including most recently serving five years as sheriff in Green County, Wis., before being defeated in last fall’s election.

Rohloff said he was looking for a new opportunity in a town about the size of Fort Madison. He said after applying, he visited the city several times to get a feel for it.

“I got to see the community myself and spend some time here,” said Rohloff. “I found the people were so welcoming and it was a very pleasant experience. My trips back here, each time, I have just fallen in love with the community. It is very nice and very welcoming. I just fell in love with it.”

Rohloff said he’s spent the past few days meeting with community leaders and driving around the city, getting a feel for the streets and the neighborhoods.

Rohloff’s first day on the job will be August 19. His starting salary is $80,000.

Rohloff will be the city’s fourth full-time police chief in the past four years. Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber is currently serving as interim Police Chief.