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City of Ankeny Hires New Police Chief

Post Date:07/11/2018 9:31 a.m.

City Manager David Jones is pleased to announce Darius Potts has been named Chief of Police for the City of Ankeny. Chief Potts will start his new role in August 2018.

“Chief Potts will be an excellent leader for the Ankeny Police Department. His leadership ability and experience will support the continuous growth and the City’s commitment to provide a safe, welcoming community for Ankeny residents,” said Jones. “He has a remarkable background in law enforcement and I am confident he will serve our community well.”

Chief Potts has 26 years of law enforcement experience. Specifically, he is currently serving as a Bureau Commander in the Arizona Department of Public Safety, where he has been employed since 2015. Prior to this service, he served for 23 years for the City of Phoenix, Ariz., Police Department, climbing the ranks and ultimately achieving the rank of Lieutenant. He has considerable specialized law enforcement experience, including managing the Human Resources Bureau at Arizona DPS—an agency with 2,100 employees—and considerable experience in police administration and drug enforcement. Earlier this year, he served a three-month stint as Interim Police Chief in El Mirage, Ariz., while temporarily on loan from the Arizona DPS.

“I believe my leadership style, law enforcement experience and commitment to improving everyone’s quality of life will serve me well as Ankeny’s next police chief. My wife, Renee, was born and raised in Iowa and we both graduated from Iowa State University. We felt this was a perfect opportunity for our family to return home and serve in a growing and beautiful city like Ankeny,” said Potts.

The City conducted a rigorous nationwide search for the new police chief over the last several months, engaging the International City and County Management Association’s Center for Public Safety Management to prepare a candidate profile and a series of assessments that were utilized in the recruitment process. Chief Potts will succeed Gary Mikulec who served 14 years as Chief of Police at the City of Ankeny and retired with a total of more than 44 years of experience in law enforcement.