Des Moines Police Chief Announces Plans to Retire

Des Moines police chief Judy Bradshaw laughs while  meeting with assistant police chief Dave Lillard during a daily briefing in her office on July 18, 2012. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

Des Moines police chief Judy Bradshaw laughs while meeting with assistant police chief Dave Lillard during a daily briefing in her office on July 18, 2012. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Chief of Police for the City of Des Moines is retiring after 34 years with the department. Chief Judy Bradshaw made the announcement Tuesday morning.

“After 34 years, it is time to move on, seek other opportunities, and find different ways to serve the community,” Bradshaw said in a statement. “I intend to retire from the Des Moines Police Department in early October of this year.”

“Our Department has never had a stronger field of internal candidates who are talented and qualified to lead our fine organization, and it is my hope the next Chief will come from within,” Bradshaw added.

9 comments

  • WilliamB

    She’s 55 years old. No jobs in the private sector where you can retire with full benefits as you can with a government job. I’m sure she will claim her pension and benefits, the get another county or state job and make nearly double what she is currently making.

    • Ken

      If she were in the private sector overseeing 460+ staff and a multimillion dollar budget with a masters degree, she certainly would have been making significantly more money than 165K annually too. It’s just a different compensation system. Why do people harp on the compensation of people serving the public? Teachers can retire at 55 too if they choose. It’s not like public servants are becoming multimillionaires.

      • WilliamB

        I call BS. Where in the private sector can you retire at 55 years of age and then get 90% of the average of your last three years of service?
        No, she wouldn’t be making more in private sector

  • Fan

    Wonderful term of service! You deserve a standing ovation for your intense devotion, love & commitment to this great community! Thank you so very very much!

  • C. Christy

    Thank you for your service Chief Bradshaw! Enjoy your retirement, which you deserve! Don’t pay attention to the negative comments, they’re just jealous that they haven’t worked this long at one job so they can retire.

    • Hugo S LaVia

      I know I’m jealous. But then, no one hires middle aged men these days. You almost have to be a lesbian to get a job. I especially like how she held DSM taxpayers hostage a few years ago, feigned she was looking at another job, and got a $13,000 raise.

      • Mike Cee

        There are plenty of opportunities for intelligent middle aged men. It’s only the low brow, uneducated morons that can’t find a job. I guess we know which category you fit into.

  • Mike Cee

    Thank you for your dedicated service to the people of Des Moines. It’s a better place because of you.

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