Patrol Staff


Officer Brandon DeJong

Officer Brandon DeJong began his law enforcement career in 2000 as a Reserve Officer for the city of Belle Plaine. Officer DeJong also worked as a reserve Officer of his home town of Vinton. He joined the Oelwein Police Department in June of 2003 after working for the City of Sigourney, Iowa. He has an Associates degree in Police Science that he earned from Hawkeye Community College in 1999.

Officer DeJong is a Fire Arms Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, as well as a D.A.R.E. Instructor. Other assignments for Officer DeJong include Bike Patrol, as well as the Oelwein Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT). He is also in charge of the Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run that is held annually in late September, to early October every year. All of the proceeds raised from the Poker Run are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Officer DeJong enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle.


Officer Ted Phillips

Officer Ted Phillips has been with the Oelwein Police Department in either a full time or part time status for 9 years. Before joining the OPD, he was a Sheriff's Deputy as well as an Officer on a federal Indian Reservation in Arizona. In Officer Phillips' 20+ years in Law Enforcement, he has served in many rolls including Investigator, SRT Team member and a Clandestine Lab Investigator. He also received his pilot's license and was a part of the Air Unit in Arizona. Officer Phillips is proud of being part of the Law Enforcement community here in Oelwein and looks forward to serving our city for many more years to come. 




Officer Charity Heller

Officer Charity Heller is an Oelwein native. She attended Wings Park Elementary, Oelwein Middle School and Oelwein High School which she graduated from in May of 2011. After high school, Officer Heller worked for Full Circle Services while attending Hawkeye Community College full-time. While at Hawkeye, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and completed her practicum hours with the Oelwein Police Department. Officer Heller graduated from Hawkeye in the spring of 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Police Science. In April of 2016, she was hired with the Meskwaki Nation Police Department in Tama, IA. She attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, IA, graduating in July of 2016. Officer Heller worked for Meskwaki as a Patrol Officer for two years and a K9 Patrol Officer for one year. Officer Heller joined the Oelwein Police Department in April of 2019. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling, working out and watching sports. Officer Heller is happy to be back in Oelwein and looks forward to giving back to the community that she grew up in.


Officer Tyler Hollingsworth

Officer Tyler Hollingsworth was born and raised in East Tennessee. Officer Hollingsworth joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 2012 and has now transferred to the Iowa National Guard to continue his military career. Officer Hollingsworth started his law enforcement career as a corrections officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Hollingsworth graduated the Blount County Sheriff’s Office Regional Law Enforcement Academy Class 013 and was awarded the William Knuckles “Top Cop” Award. Officer Hollingsworth returned to J.C.S.O. as a deputy. The University of Tennessee Medical Center sent Officer Hollingsworth through the Ventosa K9 Academy in Scotland Neck, NC. Upon graduation, Officer Hollingsworth and his partner “Khaos” were certified in apprehension, narcotic detection, tracking, and agility. Officer Hollingsworth also worked for the Gatlinburg Police Department as a patrolman prior to becoming a resident of Oelwein. Officer Hollingsworth joined the Oelwein Police Department in June of 2020. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, camping, with his dogs, and watching baseball.


Officer Shannon Cox

Officer Shannon Cox, has been a police officer for approximately 19 years.   Served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 6 years as a Military Police Officer.   Enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children and 2 dogs.  In his spare time, Officer Cox enjoys camping with family and friends and participating in sporting events.



Officer Codi Wurzer

Officer Codi Wurzer is from the Waucoma Iowa area where he grew up on his family farm. Officer Wurzer graduated from the Turkey Valley Community School District in 2019. He joined the Waucoma Fire Department at the age of 16 and continues to assist them with various projects to this date. After High School Officer Wurzer attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo where he graduated with his Associates in Applied Science for Police Science in the spring of 2021, in addition he completed his practicum hours with the Waterloo Police Department. Officer Wurzer joined the Oelwein Police Department in June of 2021. He attended and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Hawkeye Community College in October of 2021. Officer Wurzer continues to help on the Family Farm and in his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, outdoor activities, sports, and weightlifting. Officer Wurzer is excited to join our community and to continue working in the field of public safety to keep our community safe.



Officer Mathew Schuler



Officer William Ward

Officer Will Ward comes to us from Vernon County Wisconsin where he served as a reserve Deputy for two years in the Sheriff’s Department. Officer Ward has worked full time with individuals with developmental disabilities in varying capacities for the past 20 years in Wisconsin. Prior to moving to Wisconsin from his home state of Missouri, he served 1 year in the Army Reserves before going active duty and spending 5 and a half of 7 years overseas. Officer Ward enjoys real football (his words, not ours) and is a huge fan of Liverpool FC. He is an avid outdoorsman and regularly seeks out new adventures in hiking, camping and kayaking.

Reserve Officers

Jay Perkins

Steve Vine


Jim Prouty


Michael Burkhart