Cedar Rapids groups uncertain about having a civilian Chief of Police
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The future of Cedar Rapids’ Police Chief is uncertain as multiple groups have concerns about a civilian chief leading the department.
The city has hinted at the possibility of making Chief Wayne Jerman a civilian head of the police department. Chief Jerman remains on paid leave after he aged out of his police certification. Iowa code sets a cap of 65 years old for peace officers in Iowa.
Chief Jerman turned 66 this month, and according to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, his certification expired.
Three groups - Cedar Rapids Police Bargaining Union, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Cedar Rapids Bars and Stripes Association - wrote to City Manager Jeff Pomeranz to oppose making Jerman a civilian head of the Department.
The city has also declined to give a timeline for it’s review.
Chief Jerman has not responded to our requests for comment.
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