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On Jan. 15, 2021, retiring Waukee Police Officer Jon Oakley was recognized for his 15 years of service to the Waukee community as well as his total 35+ years in law enforcement.
Officer Oakley said at his retirement event (see photos) that even as a child he knew he wanted to work in law enforcement. He worked his way up from reserve officer (Exira, IA) and part-time police officer (Anita and Adair, IA) to full-time after paying his own way to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy with the City of Adair's sponsorship. His full-time officer jobs included two years in Pleasantville and 11 years in Norwalk; he also served as Anita Police Chief at one point.
"I was the only one on the force in Anita for most of that time," Oakley said. "Just when I would get home, I would get called back out again."
He joined the Waukee Police Department in 2006, where he has committed himself to protecting the people of Waukee since. He said he's seen a lot of changes in Waukee during those 15 years, made a lot of good memories, and will definitely miss the job and the people.
"Jon has made us better people and better officers by getting to work alongside him," said Waukee Police Chief John Quinn. "Thank you for a distinguished career and for being part of the Waukee PD family."
Congratulations, Officer Oakley, and thanks for your incredible service to Waukee!