MPD to honor distinguished service

Three qualify

Three Marshalltown police officers have been selected to receive the Marshalltown Police Department’s coveted Distinguished Service Award. Officers Chad Hillers and Randall Kessler joined by Sgt. Sadie Weekley are the recipients, Chief of Police Mike Tupper said recently. They will be recognized at the 5:30 p.m., July 9, Marshalltown City Council meeting in council chambers.

Officer Hillers

“Hillers recently completed an assignment as a narcotics investigator,” Tupper said. “He spent nearly six years in this endeavor. He was involved in the successful investigation and prosecution of several high profile and important drug cases. He has distinguished himself as an expert in the field of drug investigations. Because of his work, our community is a safer place to live, work and play. He also serves the MPD as a tactical officer, firearms instructor and training officer.”

Officer Kessler

“Kessler recently completed an assignment working in the criminal investigations unit as a general crimes investigator,” Tupper said. “Kessler worked in this capacity for more than 11 years. He specialized in the areas of computer-related crimes and crimes against children. He represented the department on a statewide task force responsible for the investigation of those crimes. He successfully worked multiple cases that were subsequently prosecuted at the federal level. As a direct result of his work, several violent offenders have been held accountable for their criminal actions. Thanks to his professional service, our community is safer.

Sgt. Weekley

Weekley recently completed a nine-year assignment working in the criminal investigations unit. She specialized in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault investigation. Weekley has established herself as an expert in these fields, and is recognized state-wide for her efforts. She has utilized this expertise to serve as a guest instructor at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston. Weekley has also been instrumental in revamping how the MPD responds to and investigates, crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In conclusion

Marshalltown is blessed to have exceptional people serving in our department,” Tupper said. “The three have been outstanding ambassadors, and have made a positive difference. We are proud of their work and service. We also owe them a debt of gratitude for all they have accomplished.” For more information, please contact Tupper at 641-754-5771, or via email at mtupper@marshalltown-ia.gov.