Chief Dan Trelka was appointed to the position as the Waterloo Chief of Police in May of 2010. He started his career as a deputy sheriff in Weld County, Colorado from 1990-1992.  Following that he was a member of the Sturgeon Bay (Wisconsin) Police Department from 1992-2010, where he served as Chief of Police from 2003 until coming to the Waterloo Police Department.

He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. 

Civic Responsibilities

  • Board Member, Black Hawk Consolidated Communications
  • Board Member, Black Hawk County Criminal Justice Information System
  • Board Member, Black Hawk County 911 Service Board
  • Board Member, Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force
  • Iowa Police Chief Association Treasurer

Special Points of Interest

  • Associate's Degree, Police Science- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI
  • Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice Administration- Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, WI
  • Master's Degree, Management and Organizational Behavior- Silver Lake College in Manitowoc,WI
  • Certified as a Public Manager (CPM) through the University of Wisconsin
  • Graduate of F.B.I. National Academy, 208th Session
  • Oversees $10.5 Million annual budget
  • Supervises 125 Officers and 10 civilians

Contact the Chief at (319)291-4339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..