Pope resigns as Monona Police Chief


By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor


The Monona City Council accepted the resignation of Police Chief Robert Pope Monday night, a little more than three months after he was sworn into the job.


“We all knew he was hired under a few medical conditions, but they didn’t get better,” explained Mayor Barb Collins, adding that Pope has expressed interest in continuing with the department as a reserve officer.


The council then moved to appoint Jo Amsden as the next Monona Police Chief. Amsden was one of the other final candidates when Pope was selected.


Currently a deputy with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Amsden will be sworn in and begin her duties with Monona Monday, May 19.


Collins and other council members commented that they are already impressed with Amsden’s communication and attention to detail.

Monona Chamber and Economic Development

In an email to the council, Brent Formanek, with the Monona Chamber and Economic Development, said he and member Harold Waterman met with the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Director Carolyn Gallagher last month to discuss the possibility of a shared position.


“The general consensus was that some kind of sharing agreement between both groups could be mutually beneficial,” Formanek wrote. “Harold and myself were very impressed by the way Carolyn ran the meeting and the community support that she had created for the group. We both believe that having someone with experience and ability to get things done would be a huge benefit as to finding someone who would produce tangible benefits to Monona.”


Formanek said a proposal is currently being drafted. Once he receives that, Formanek said he will set up a meeting to discuss it with the Chamber board and council.

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