Algona IA
Police Staff
Kendall Pals

Police Chief Kendall Pals

Kendall Pals was appointed Chief of Police in July 2016 after serving as Assistant Chief for five years.  His law enforcement career begin in 1979 in Whiting, Iowa.  Over the years he has also served as an officer in Sheldon, West Bend, and Britt.  Pals returned to the Algona Police Department in December, 2005.  He is a graduate of Central Lyon High School and Western Iowa Tech Community College.  His interests include sports, camping, and politics.  Pals enjoys the opportunity and challenge of making Algona an even better place to live. 

 Bo Miller

Assistant Police Chief Bo Miller

Assistant Chief Miller started working for the APD in March of 2006 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2016. He is a graduate of North Iowa High School and received his AAS degree in Police Science from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. While in college he did his internship with the APD. He is a member of the Special Response Team. He is the Algona Police Department's firearm's instructor.

In his off time Officer Miller enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and playing rugby.

 Craig Barslou

Officer Craig Barslou

Craig Barslou has served the people of Algona as a police officer since October 2003.  Prior to his current position he was employed at Weigh-Tronix Inc in Fairmont for many years and also served as a high school coach.  Barslou attended Buena Vista University and is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.  One of the things that he enjoys about police work is meeting different people.  His interest include the Iowa Hawkeyes, college football and basketball, golf, and softball.

 Ben Gatton

Officer Ben Gatton

Ben Gatton joined the Algona Police Department in May 2006 as a patrolman.  He is an Algona High School graduate who went on to further his education at Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University,  prior to graduating from Des Moines Area Community College.  Gatton enjoys helping people in the community and experiencing the ever changing day to day activities.  His interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife and children.  Gatton serves as one of the department’s canine officers.

 Grant Smith

Officer Grant Smith

Grant Smith began his career with the Algona Police Department in July of 2011, after serving five years as a member of the Algona Police Reserve.  He also serves as one of the department’s two canine handlers.  Smith is a 2004 graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School.  He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and some of his interests outside the workplace include working on the farm, hunting, and woodworking.

 Doug Rahe

Officer Doug Rahe

Doug Rahe joined the Algona Police Department in April of 2012 after serving as a patrolman for the Eagle Grove Police Department for three years and the Swea City Police Department for four years.  He attended North Kossuth High School and then went on to study Business Administration at Iowa Central Community College.  Rahe enjoys helping the citizens of Algona and also enjoys the department’s recent change in administration.  Rahe’s hobbies include weight lifting, strength training, softball, golfing, spending time with his family and anything sports related. 


Officer Marc Bacha

Marc Bacha began his duties as an Algona Police Officer in September of 2013. He had been a member of the Algona Police Reserves since 2007 and also had previous experience as a Correction Officer for the Iowa Department of Corrections at Fort Dodge. Officer Bacha grew up in Streator, Illinois and graduated from Kishwaukee College with a degree in Ag Business. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April 2014.

Officer Bacha lives in Algona with his wife and two children. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with family.

 Kevin Cram

Officer Kevin Cram

Kevin Cram became a new patrolman for the City of Algona in June 2015 after serving the Nora Springs Police Department for two years.  He began his law enforcement career as an Algona Police Reserve.  He was involved in farming prior to police work.  Cram is a graduate of Corwith-Wesley-Luverne High School and Iowa Lakes Community College.  He enjoys interacting with the community and being able to perform investigations in his areas of interests.  His hobbies include hunting, trapping, vacations with his family, and working on the farm.

John Emswiler

Officer John Emswiler

John Emswiler became Algona’s newest patrol officer in September of 2016.  Over the years Emswiler has also served the police departments in Charter Oak, Fort Dodge, and Denison.  He is retired from the Army Reserves after 23 years of service and two deployments.  Emswiler has an A.A. Degree in Business Management and a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from American Intercontinental University.  He enjoys helping others and appreciates the support that emergency responders receive in Algona.  His hobbies include riding motorcycle, gardening, hunting, and fishing.

 Monica Preuschl

Communications Supervisor Monica Prueschl

Monica Preuschl serves the Algona Police Department as a dispatcher and as the department’s Communications Supervisor.  Prior to joining the department in 1996, she was a supervisor at Bakers Square and a dispatcher at TCI Cable in Des Moines.  Preuschl is a graduate of Burt High School and then gained a degree from DMACC in Child Development.  She loves helping people and working with great co-workers.  Preuschl loves spending time with her 3 wonderful children and her supportive husband.  She also loves to read.
 Deb Smith

Department Secretary/Communications Officer Deb Smith

Deb Smith is the Algona Police Department’s longest serving employee, becoming a part of the agency in 1977.  She serves in a variety of roles.  Currently much of her time is spent as the department’s secretary.  In that role she is the custodian of records for the department.  Smith also is a long serving dispatcher and still fills shifts on an as-needed basis.  She also helps organize special events for the department.  Smith is a graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School.
 Diane Grant

Communications Officer Diane Grant

Diane Grant has been a Police Dispatcher for nearly 38 years.  She worked for Jones County Sheriff’s Department for eight years and nearly 30 years for the Algona Police Department.  She is an Algona High School graduate and went on to attend the University of Northern Iowa.  Grant enjoys that her job is different every day and that dispatchers can make a difference in people’s lives.  Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, gardening, and spending time with her family.
 Colleen Lohman

Communications Officer Colleen Lohman

Colleen Lohman has served the Citizens of Algona as a Police Dispatcher for 21 years.  She is an Algona High School graduate and went on to receive a diploma from Iowa Lakes Community College as an Office Specialist.  Part of what she enjoys about her position is the ability to help people.  Lohman enjoys spending time with her husband and their family, gardening, and working outdoors.
 no photo

Communications Officer Lance Hardt

Lance Hardt became a part of the Algona Police Department in January of 2001 when he was hired as a Communications Officer.  
 Don Heidner

Communications Officer Don Heidner

Don Heidner became Algona’s newest dispatcher in November of 2015.  His work history includes as a sales manager and technician at Electronic Specialties and as a radio announcer and broadcast engineer.  Also Don currently works as an Information Technology tech at the Kossuth County Courthouse and the owner of North Iowa Telecom.  He attended Wolf Point, Montana High School, Grace University, and Iowa Western Community College.  Don enjoys the technology of dispatching and ensuring the safety of the officers.  His hobbies include remodeling his home and operating the sound system at his church.


      City of Algona | 116 S. Thorington Algona, IA 50511  |  Phone: (515) 295-2411  |  Fax: (515) 295-4897
      Contact Us  |  Site Map   |  Powered by MunicipalCMS
      E-notify RSS Feeds Facebook