The Decorah Police Department personnel structure is as follows: Chief of Police, Assistant Chief, Captain, (2) Sergeants, (1) Investigator, (6) Patrol Officers, Business Office / Communications Supervisor, (1) Clerical, (6) Communications Operators.

Special assignments on the Department can include: Investigations, D.A.R.E., Special Response Team, Northeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Seasonal Bike Patrol.

Hiring Full Time 9-1-1 Dispatcher

We are currently accepting applications in order to fill to a vacancy that we have for the position of full time 9-1-1 Dispatcher with the Decorah Police Department.

If you are interesting in applying for the position, please click on the link below that is labeled; Employment Application.  Please fill out the application, save it, and then e-mail it to Decorah Support Services Supervisor Charlene Schmitt at;

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charlene Schmitt at 563-382-3667.

Thank you,

Decorah Police Chief Dave Smutzler

Employment Application PDF


Internship Applicants:

Anyone wishing to do an internship with the Decorah Police Department must submit your resume, along with a written narrative telling a little about yourself and what you want to gain from your internship with our department. Include in your application the number of hours required, approximate start and end dates, and any other requirements. Please submit your application via email to Capt. Scott Herrmann at

Thank you for your interest.