City of Coralville News

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Coralville Hosts Public Reception for Police Chief Candidates

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Coralville residents and members of the business community are invited to a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 13 to meet the four candidates interviewing to be Coralville’s next police chief. The reception will take place at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street. 


The City of Coralville is seeking a candidate to succeed Barry Bedford who will retire at the end of January. Four candidates, one internal and three external, are interviewing for the position. Residents are encouraged to meet the candidates and ask them questions in an informal environment. There will be no formal presentations during the reception. The candidates, listed alphabetically, include:

  • Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam.  Elam has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served the Marion Police Department in a variety of capacities, including police officer, member of the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. He obtained his master’s in criminal justice from Mount Mercy University in 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Iowa State University.
  • Coralville Police Lt. Shane Kron.  Kron was hired by Coralville as a police officer in 1990 and has served as a patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant and, since 2006, the administrative lieutenant. He has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Columbia Southern Orange Beach and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University.
  • Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Greg Stallman.  Since joining the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office in 1995, Stallman worked in the jail, jail SWAT, patrol, K-9, SWAT and professional standards divisions, and has been a member of the drug task force. During his career in the sheriff’s office, he has also had oversight over each division and currently oversees the jail and patrol divisions. He has degrees in Spanish and criminal justice from the University of Nebraska and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy management training program.
  • Clive Police Chief Michael Venema.  Before he was hired as the Clive Police Chief in 2012, Venema worked for the Davenport Police Department. Venema started in Davenport in 1985 as a patrol officer and later served as a sergeant and lieutenant. He has a master’s degree in law enforcement from Western Illinois University and is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Following the reception, the candidates will participate in an assessment center and final interviews, with appointment by City Administrator Kelly Hayworth, subject to approval of the City Council, expected in late January.


About the search:

In October 2016, the City of Coralville hired Des Moines-based Moulder and Associates Police Management Consultants to guide the search process for Chief of Police. The firm has led police chief searches for multiple cities in Iowa, including North Liberty and Marion.

In fall 2016, the position of Coralville Chief of Police was posted nationally and 27 applications were received. Moulder and Associates then reviewed and evaluated the applications and applicants. The Coralville Civil Service Commission then narrowed the list to six candidates, which was further narrowed to four by City Administrator Kelly Hayworth. Those four candidates will participate in the public reception, final interviews, and assessment center.

It is anticipated that the new Chief of Police will begin work in February.

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