Cedar Falls Public Safety Director, Jeff Olson, is announcing his retirement after working over three and a half decades for the City. His last day of service will be March 11, 2022.
"It has been an honor to be part of such a great city for 36 years. I have worked with many highly dedicated, educated, and trained professionals who have helped make Cedar Falls the great community it is. I wish the best to all my coworkers as I enter a new chapter in life," Olson stated.
Olson graduated from Upper Iowa University with a bachelor's degree in business. He worked for the Newton Police Department prior to being hired by the City of Cedar Falls Police Department on February 3, 1986. During his years of employment with the City of Cedar Falls he served as Police Officer, Investigator, Police Sergeant, Police Captain, Assistant Director of Support Services, and Police Chief. He was also a member of SWAT, a DARE instructor, certified as a firefighter in 2005, and served on many boards throughout his career. He was appointed as Director of Public Safety in July 2014. Olson received the 'Supervisor of the Year' award twice during his career, and graduated from the FBI National Academy.
Council Member Susan deBuhr comments: "I was part of hiring committee in 2008 that promoted Jeff to Police Chief, and I was also part of the hiring committee in 2014 that promoted him to Public Safety Director. He has done an outstanding job for the city and has been a valuable asset. I will certainly miss him."