Meet the Chief
About Chief Burdess
Chief of Police Rob Burdess has worked in law enforcement since 1997, serving for two years with University of Iowa Police Department and the Newton Police Department since 1999. Chief Burdess has served as a patrol officer, detective and lieutenant in charge of patrol. He also worked as the DARE coordinator, commander of the SWAT team, traffic safety coordinator, field training officer, defensive tactics and impact weapons instructor, international police bloodhound handler/instructor and served as president of the Newton Police Association, where he developed the Shop With Cops program.
From 2006-2014, Chief Burdess served as president of the Iowa State Police Association, where he was instrumental in the development of the Iowa Law Enforcement Purple Heart Award. He also served as president of the Rabiner Treatment Center in Fort Dodge, was a member of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board and member of the Iowa Amber Alert Advisory Committee. Chief Burdess also served as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Newton.
Chief Burdess has a master's degree in public administration, is a graduate of the 373rd class of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and is a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy's Five-Star Innovation Leader Award.