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Command Staff

First Chief Deputy

 

Administration

First Chief Deputy to be determined at a later date.

Chief Tim Krum

Law Enforcement Services

Chief Tim Krum, began serving Polk County in 1992, and now oversees the Law Enforcement Services for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.  Chief Krum has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of the Sheriff's Office. Chief Krum facilitates a cooperative effort with law enforcement leaders and government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

Chief Joe Simon

Court Services Division

Chief Joseph Simon, a veteran of the Sheriff's Office serving since 1993, has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of the Sheriff's Office and is a 2013 graduate of the FBI National Academy and 2014 graduate of the FBI Command Leadership Institute . Chief Simon oversees the Court Services Division which includes Courthouse Security, Court Staging, and the Civil Unit. 

Chief Bob Stanton

Detention

Chief Robert Stanton, began serving the citizens of Polk County in 1998.  Chief Stanton has worked in every division of the Sheriff’s Office and with several Task Forces within the metro area.  Chief Stanton has attended Des Moines Area Community College, Upper Iowa University, University of Virginia, Des Moines Regional Police Academy, and the FBI National Academy class #274.   Chief Stanton is a member of several civic and law enforcement organizations, and was the founding President of the Iowa chapter for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. (N.O.B.L.E)  Chief Stanton is a lifelong Polk County resident.  

Chief Stanton currently oversees the operations of the Polk County Jail for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the jail

Director Frank Marasco

Administrative Services

Director Frank Marasco, began his career with Polk County in the Human Resources Department, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Drake University as well as a Certified Public Manager designation from the State of Iowa.  Director Marasco now leads Administrative Services. This team provides professional services internally to the Sheriff's Office. 

Major Brent Long

Communications

Major Brent Long, began serving the citizens of Polk County in 1993.  Major Long has extensive knowledge and experience in Detention, Law Enforcement Services, Training, Office of Professional Standards and Communications. Major Long currently oversees the operations at the Bob E. Rice Communications Center.

Major Cory Williams

Detention

Major Cory Williams, began serving Polk County in 2000 and has served his entire career in the Jail Division.  Major Williams has extensive knowledge and experience in Jail operations.  He started as a Detention Officer and worked nearly all areas of the Jail operations.  He served on the Jail Transition Team and assisted in the implementation of the current Polk County Jail specializing in emergency operations, key design, security electronic systems, and tactical response team to name a few.  He is a member of several organizations and committees: Polk County CJCC, AJA, ISSDA, and the ISSDA Jails Committee to name a few. 

Jim Sarcone

Office of Professional Standards

Jim Sarcone, began serving Polk County in 2014, in the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division.  Since then he has moved on to manage the Office of Professional Standards.  Jim completed his undergraduate at Creighton University, Certified Public Manager at Drake University, and is currently completing the Master of Public Administration program at Drake University.

Captain Jana Abens

Detention

Captain Jana Abens, began serving Polk County in 1998, and is now assigned to the Polk County Jail. Throughout her career, Captain Abens has been assigned to several divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. She is in the process of earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is participating in the Certified Public Manager Program at Drake University. In 2018 she completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Captain Doug C. Miller

Court Services Division

Captain Doug C. Miller, oversees operations at the Court Services Division.

Captain Mark Russo

Criminal Investigations

Captain Mark Russo, an Iowa native and serving the Polk County Sheriff’s Office since 1998. Mark was born and raised in Des Moines. Graduating from Lincoln High School, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1985 and serving aboard the USS Blue Ridge stationed in Yokosuka Japan.

He attended the 1st Regional Police Academy held by the Des Moines Police Department in 2001. Mark has spent his law enforcement career serving in the Jail, Courthouse and Patrol Divisions, and The Office of Professional Standards.

Mark served as a member of the Metro Star Entry Team and also as a Tactical Marksman. He was the Division Commander for Law Enforcement Services and currently serves as the Division Commander for Criminal Investigations.

Captain Shawn VanHoozer

Law Enforcement Services

Captain Shawn VanHoozer, an Iowa native and longtime Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. Shawn VanHoozer was born in Ames and raised in Des Moines, graduating from North Des Moines High School, enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1992 and serving a combat deployment with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (F.A.S.T. Company) to Mogadishu, Somalia.

VanHoozer completed his enlistment as a Scout-Sniper in the 2nd Marine Division, and was hired by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1997.  In 2001, he attended the 1st Regional Police Academy held by the Des Moines Police Department.  In addition to an AS Degree in Liberal Arts from DMACC, VanHoozer is also a graduate of Class 436 of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and has also completed the Drake University Certified Public Manager course.

VanHoozer has spent his law enforcement career serving in the Jail, Courthouse and Patrol Divisions. VanHoozer served as a longtime member of the Metro Star Team as a tactical marksman and scuba diver, was the Division Commander for Court Services and, most recently, serves as the Division Commander for Law Enforcement Services.

Lieutenant Brandon Bracelin

Professional Services and Training

Lieutenant Brandon Bracelin, is a veteran of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, serving the citizens of Polk County since 2002.  Lieutenant Bracelin has extensive knowledge and experience in Detention, Court Services, Law Enforcement Services, and the Office of Professional Standards.  He has served as the Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Hostage Crisis Negotiator, Field Training Officer, Patrol Rifle Team, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor.   Lieutenant Bracelin now leads the Professional Services and Training Division.  The Professional Services and Training Division is responsible for the recruitment, retention and training for over 500 Sheriff’s Office employees. 

Sergeant Ryan Evans

Public Information Officer

Sergeant Ryan Evans, is a veteran of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, serving the citizens of Polk County since 1999. Sergeant Evans has gained extensive knowledge and experience while working in many of the divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Evans has been assigned to the Jail, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Administrative Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. He served as a member of the Metro S.T.A.R Team as a Tactical Entry Operator as well as Firearms Instructor for pistol, shotgun, and rifle. Sergeant Evans was also assigned to the United States Marshals Service, Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, as a Task Force Officer for six years. Prior to becoming the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Evans was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards.


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