Jeremiah Hoyt
Jeremiah Hoyt

May 29, 2018

One of the longest-serving officers of the Carroll Police Department has left to be police chief of Anamosa, an eastern Iowa town about half the size of Carroll.

Sgt. Jeremiah Hoyt, 39, worked his last shift in Carroll on Monday.

“After working the night shift for most of my time at the Carroll (Police Department), I have a particular affinity for the night shift and those who I’ve worked alongside for many years,” Hoyt said in an email. “I’ll miss a handful of friends who have been very near and dear to me and my family.”

Hoyt, a native of Scranton and a married father of six children, has been a police officer in town for more than 12 years. He was promoted to sergeant in 2013 and oversaw patrol officers who work overnight. He was an instructor for defensive tactics and stun guns and was the lead fitness instructor for the department.

“These are all very important areas in our profession, and his skill and knowledge in those areas will be missed,” Police Chief Brad Burke said. “Sgt. Hoyt also was level-headed and took interest in listening to the victims and suspects while coming to a fair and proper conclusion on calls.”

During his time in Carroll, Hoyt earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice from Upper Iowa University and a master’s in organizational management from American Public University.

Hoyt will replace former Anamosa Police Chief Bob Simonson, who was fired in February for sending sexist emails to his officers. One of the officers filed a gender-bias lawsuit that resulted in a $750,000 settlement with the city.

In his new job, Hoyt hopes to “ensure that the police department’s values, mission and goals are aligned with the community’s culture and vision for the future,” he said.

In his free time, Hoyt engages in martial arts, obstacle course racing, weight training and reading.

Anamosa is a town of about 5,500 people and is the Jones County seat. Located about 25 miles east of Cedar Rapids, its the birthplace of artist Grant Wood and is home to Anamosa State Penitentiary.

“I wish him the best in Anamosa and have informed him that the Carroll Police Department will always be available for him to help him succeed in his position as police chief,” Burke said.

It’s unclear when Hoyt’s successor in Carroll will be selected.

Here’s what Hoyt had to say about working in Carroll and Anamosa:

 

Q. What did you learn about being a police officer in your time in Carroll?

A. I remember being shocked during my first few years as a police officer — you’re a rookie for the first two to three years. Like most people who have never worked in law enforcement, I didn’t realize how complex the profession really is. In addition to the challenges faced by employees in all organizations, as a police officer, I’ve learned to be adaptable, patient and thick-skinned. Being subject to constantly changing laws, new procedures, socio-cultural shifts, public scrutiny and ongoing training has been a normal part of my life for the last 13 years. It’s a job that requires a person to be constantly engaged, mentally and physically, whether on- or off-duty.

Q. What do you hope to accomplish in your new role as police chief?

A. At the most basic level, I’m committed to making the community that I live and work in as safe as possible, by upholding the laws and the U.S. Constitution. I hope to earn the support of my colleagues, while developing partnerships with businesses, the media, civic groups, and individuals within the community. I also hope to work closely with police department personnel, city leaders, and community members to ensure that the police department’s values, mission, and goals are aligned with the community’s culture and vision for the future.

Q. What will you miss about Carroll?

A. I’ll miss a handful of friends who have been very near and dear to me and my family. I’ll miss the frequent conversations that I have with many familiar faces throughout the Carroll community. And, after working the night shift for most of my time at the Carroll PD, I have a particular affinity for the night shift and those who I’ve worked alongside for many years. To everyone working graveyards at the Carroll PD, Carroll County EMS, St. Anthony ER, HyVee and Walmart; Carpe noctem!