Cresco Police Department

Cresco Police Department

130 N Park Place
563-547-2424


EMERGENCY 911



The Cresco Police Department is responsible for law enforcement within the City Limits of the City of Cresco; this includes enforcing the Code of Iowa and Cresco Municipal Code, criminal investigation, traffic and parking enforcement, accident investigation and general law enforcement duties.  The Department is made up nine members, the Chief, Assistant Chief, Lieutenant, Sergeant, three full-time patrol officers and two part-time patrol officers.

Chief of Police Tim Ruroden joined the Cresco Police Department in December, 2011.  Chief Ruroden is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and is a member of the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force and the Mid-States Crime Information Center.  He is also a current member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has served several communities including Fayette, West Union, Sumner, and Postville as a part-time officer from 1992 to 2002.  He served the City of Postville as a full-time officer from 2002 to 2007 and then served the City of Dysart as Chief of Police from 2007-2011.  

Assistant Chief David D. Winkie joined with the Cresco Police Department in 1995 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1998.  Assistant Chief Winkie is a graduate of University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and is a member of the Mid-States Crime Information Center.

Lieutenant David M. Godman joined the Cresco Police Department in 2003 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 then to Lieutenant in 2010.  Sergeant Godman is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and Missouri Law Enforcement Academy.  Officer Godman had previously worked for the LaGrange and Palmyra Missouri police Departments and the Bloomfield Iowa Police Department.

Sergeant Troy D. Brandau joined the Cresco Police Department 2005. Officer Brandau is graduate of Rochester Community College and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.  Officer Brandau had previously worked for the Riceville Police Department and Howard County Sheriff's Department.

Patrolman Shannon R. Cox joined the Cresco Police Department as a part-time patrol officer in 2009, and became a full-time officer in August of 2010.  Officer Cox had previously worked full-time for the Cresco Police Department from 2000 to 2003 and also worked as a patrol officer for the Oelwein Police Department.


Patrolman Zack Lacy joined the Cresco Police Department in September 2016. Officer Lacy is a 2014 graduate of Hawkeye Community College and the 2015 Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.  Officer Lacy had previously worked as an officer for the Guttenberg Police Department and the Howard County Sherriff's Department. 


Officer Wade Michels started his employment with the Cresco Police Department in October of 2016.  Officer Michels is a 2016 graduate of Hawkeye Community College and the will be attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in March 2017.