WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–Ten years ago, Jeremy Burdess decided to explore a career in law enforcement. Looking for a change, he took a job with the Jasper County Sheriff’s department in Newton. Now, with a wide variety of experiences under his belt, Jeremy joins the West Liberty Police Department as their newest chief.
While working as a sheriff’s deputy, Burdess spent six years as a patrol officer and four as part of the detective bureau. Along with these responsibilities, Burdess fulfilled many other roles, including ALICE instructor, chaplain, DARE officer, emergency medical technician, evidence technician, field training officer, hostage and crisis negotiator, peer support team coordinator, tactical medic, and taser instructor.
In everything he does though, Burdess values getting to help members of the community. “The most enjoyable part of being a police officer is the positive interaction with the community members as well as the satisfaction, at the end of the day, in knowing that you did your part to keep the community safe,” he said.
Looking to take a leadership position, Burdess saw West Liberty’s opening online and decided to apply for it. Now that he has taken up his new role as police chief, Burdess relishes getting to know the community and learning how he can best serve everyone. “With COVID-19 issues, it have been difficult to introduce myself to community members the way I wanted to, but what I have observed so far is that the community is very close knit and extremely supportive of the local law enforcement,” shared Burdess. “I am looking forward to the end of the social restrictions so I can begin to acclimate myself to the community.”
Burdess also looks forward to having his wife of 25 years, Jacquelin, step daughter Seana, daughters Sierra and Courtney, and son Aaron get acquainted with West Liberty as well. When not working, Burdess enjoys walking his dog and watching Cubs baseball and Hawkeye football. Burdess also looks forward to becoming a grandfather this summer with twin granddaughters.