The City of Des Moines on Friday announced that it has appointed George Delgado to be its next Chief of Police, replacing outgoing Chief John O’Leary, who is retiring at the end of June.
Delgado is currently a commander with the City of Vancouver (WA) Police Department. Prior to his service with Vancouver, he spent five years in the California Highway Patrol and four years in the US Air Force.
“George brings a wealth of knowledge to the City of Des Moines Police Department, particularly in the areas of community policing and community outreach,” said City Manager Tony Piasecki. “He impressed all of our interview panels with the depth of his experiences, not only in police services but also with city-wide problem solving across all city departments and functions.”
“I look forward to getting to know the personnel of the police department and working toward the accomplishment of goals that will stimulate personal and professional growth, and enhance public safety,” Delgado said. “I also look forward to working with the community and other city departments to solve problems and build a strong Des Moines.”
Delgado was selected from over 50 applicants for the position. Of the original applicants, 12 were invited to respond in writing to several essay questions. From these 12, five were invited to interview in front of four different panels and take part in a reception to meet and greet members of the Des Moines community. Once he was selected as the finalist, Delgado underwent a complete and rigorous background investigation.
“HIs references couldn’t say enough good things about George,” Piasecki added. “We feel very fortunate to have him agree to be our next chief.”
Delgado will take the helm of the Des Moines Police Department on July 16.