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Next police chief will get a head start in Alta

Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Tom Messerole was appointed to the Alta Police Chief position during a special city council meeting Wednesday night.

Messerole will begin his new role with the city on April 12.

The police chief position became available when Julian Ortiz resigned after ten years of service earlier this month. Messerole will join current Alta Police Officers Mike Anderson and Dave Freese.

The 32-year old Messerole has spent the past seven years as a patrolman with the Cherokee Police Department. Prior to his time in Cherokee, Messerole served as a Deputy in Emmet County.

Messerole has a two-year degree from Iowa Lakes Community College and a Criminal Justice Administration Degree from Bellevue.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of the chief's position and look forward to talking to the businessmen and women of the downtown," Messerole said. "I believe Alta is a solid community and look forward to getting a better feel for the town very soon."

Messerole, his wife and his five children will be moving to Alta as soon as they find a place of residence.

"I have a large family that I'd like to raise in a small town," Messerole said. "It will probably take us some time to find a house that's big enough for all of us."

Messerole is currently working primarily on a night shift in Cherokee and said he plans to begin spending more time in Alta next week during the afternoons to learn more about the community's needs. "I'll need to get some sleep, but I'm looking forward to getting started in Alta in order to make this a smooth transition."

Ortiz, who had been the first Hispanic police chief in Iowa, resigned unexpectedly. He hopes to remain in law enforcement in northwest Iowa.



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