38 Years of Service to Linn County (and counting!)
John was born and raised in Marion, Iowa and attended Marion public schools until
graduating from Marion High School in 1980. He also holds a degree in Public
Administration from Upper Iowa University. He first volunteered with the Marion
Police Department his senior year of high school as a reserve officer, and from 1982
on worked with the Linn County Sheriff's Office.
John was one of the first of two K9 handlers for the Sheriff's Office, partnering with
Chabo, a Belgian Malinois. Chabo was the only explosive detection dog in the state at
the time. He also was used for tracking missing persons and protected John while on
Over a career spanning 38 years, John worked his way up through the ranks. He was
promoted to Sergeant in 1997, Lieutenant in 2000, and Captain in 2002.
In 2009, John was selected by incoming Sheriff Brian Gardner to be his Chief Deputy
- second in command. He oversaw the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office until
June of 2020 when he retired after 40 years in law enforcement.