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Cpt. Anthony Kies selected as Muscatine's new police chief

The 17-year Muscatine Police Department veteran will assume duties as Chief in February, pending approval by the city council.
Credit: City of Muscatine

MUSCATINE, Iowa — On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the City of Muscatine announced its selection for the new chief of police: Captain Anthony "Tony" Kies.

Kies, a 17-year veteran of the Muscatine Police Department, was chosen as the successor to Chief Brett Talking, who is retiring in February 2023, after an "extremely competitive" selection process.

He currently serves as the captain of the Patrol/Division Commander, a role he was promoted to in 2021. He leads a group of over 30 officers who provide a variety of services, including general policing, school resources, animal control and community involvement.

Kies first joined MPD in 2003 and quickly rose up the ranks, achieving the ranks of corporal in 2005, patrol division sergeant in 2009 and then patrol division lieutenant in 2011.

He has also led the investigative unit, helped develop the Muscatine Evidence Technician Team and the Special Operations Response Team, coordinated citizen training initiatives and served as an instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

“Tony is committed to upholding the values of public service, ethical leadership and professionalism – all while maintaining a sense of humor," City Administrator Carol Webb said. “He is extremely passionate about Muscatine and will serve our community well in this new role.”

Cpt. Kies will assume the duties of police chief in February 2023 if approved by the Muscatine City Council.

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