Tama Police Sergeant Jeff Filloon has been appointed police chief effective July 10. Retiring Chief Dan Wilkens will begin using accumulated vacation time on that date.
Mayor Dan Zimmerman said Filloon had been selected from two applicants.
His salary was set at $45,000 for a six-month probationary period, will move to $47,000 for the next six months, then to the current chief's pay of $49,000 after one year. The scale was approved by the city council on a 5-0 vote Monday night.
Sgt. Jeff Filloon
Tama Police Chief
"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the public and keep the safety of Tama," Filloon told city officials following the mayor's announcement.
Filloon has served as a full time Tama officer for the past nine years. He also was a reserve Tama officer from 1997-99 and was a full-time member of the Toledo Police Force from 1999-2000.
He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2002.
The Tama Police Department has a total of five full-time officers including the chief and currently has three reserve officers.
Council members authorized advertising for a patrol officer immediately.
A native of Tama, his parents are Phillip and Connie Filloon. He is a 1987 graduate of South Tama High School, attended Marshalltown Community College and received a B.A. degree in Graphic Design from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
He is in his first term as an at-large member of the Toledo City Council.
His wife, Piene, owns and operates the House of Chen Restaurant in downtown Tama. The couple have two children, Erin, 17, and Hunter, 14.