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Oley Landey was sworn in on March 20 as the first Marshal when Ankeny became incorporated. He made twenty-five dollars a year.
Earl Hildreth was appointed Chief of Police.
Ankeny's full-time police force increased to three men. For the first time, Ankeny had 24-hour police protection, seven days a week.
Chief Hildreth passed away and Arthur Doubleday was named Chief in September.
Patrolman Laverne Haubert lost his life on a mission of mercy on January 8.
On March 16, the Ankeny City Council passed an ordinance establishing and regulating the police department of the City of Ankeny. It authorized the positions and ranks of chief of police, assistant chief of police, sergeant, and patrolman. It stated that the mayor with the approval of the council would make all appointments to or in the police department.
The department switched from IPERS to Civil Service.
Joyce Lundstrom became Ankeny's first female police officer.
Dennis Ballard was named Chief of Police.
The Ankeny Police Department was unionized.
The department had seventeen sworn officers.
The department consisted of twenty officers and five civilian employees.
Chief Dennis Ballard retired after 30 years on the force.
David W Foster served as interim Chief of Police from February to July when he was appointed Chief of Police.
Merlin Christians, a 24-year veteran of the police department, served as interim Chief.
Paul R. Scranton was appointed Ankeny Chief of Police in August.
Chief Paul R. Scranton resigned in November.
Merlin Christians was appointed to serve as interim Chief of Police.
This year marked the 100-year anniversary of law enforcement in Ankeny.
Gary Mikulec was appointed Ankeny Chief of Police in March.
Makai Echer became the first female Captain.
Makai Echer became the first woman to serve as Interim Police Chief in the City of Ankeny history.
Darius V. Potts was appointed Chief of Police in August.
The longest-serving officer in Ankeny Police Department history, Bruce Christensen, retired after 39 years of dedicated service.
The department has 68 sworn officers and eleven civilian employees.