Algona IA
Reserve Unit


The Algona Police Reserve unit began operations in 1996 to supplement the regular operations of the police department.  The idea of a reserve unit was not unique to Kossuth County.  The Algona unit was modeled after the Kossuth County Sheriff's Reserve unit, which was created in the early 1980's.  Our reserve unit is a separate organization but is also affiliated with the Algona Police Department.  The reserve unit exists to supplement full-time police officers in a number of ways.  Members are fully uniformed and most equipment is supplied.  The volunteer officers assist with weekend patrols, emergencies, special events, and numerous other ways when additional manpower is needed.  The Algona Police Reserve is staffed with up to twelve members.  Openings are normally filled at the beginning of each calendar year.  applications are accepted at the Law Enforcement Center at any time.  Upon appointment new reserve officers complete 39 topics of training for a total of approximately 120 hours.  These courses need to be completed over an eighteen month period of time.  The following individuals currently staff the Algona Police Reserve:

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Ryan Miller (President)

Ryan Miller, an Algona High School graduate, became a new member of the Algona Police Reserve in December of 2016.  He had previously served as a Kossuth County Reserve Deputy for ten years.  Miller is employed in maintenance at Kossuth Regional Health Center.  He is married and the father of three children.  His many hobbies include shooting, hockey, Jeeps, ham radio, and is a member of the Kossuth County C.E.R.T.  Miller feels that being a reserve officer is an enjoyable and rewarding way to volunteer and serve the community.


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 John Mains 

John Mains became an Algona Police Reserve in 2015.  The Algona native is employed as a Fabricator at Cozzini LLC.  He and his wife Laura's family includes Brandon, Karley, and Katelyn.  Mains enjoys biking, disc golf, cooking, video games, and music.  He chose to become a reserve officer so he could serve the community and could perform in a backup role to the police officers and also be trained to assist in the cases of emergency.  Mains is an Algona High School graduate.
 Steier,JohnJohn Steier 

John Steier is the longest-serving member of the Algona Police Reserve, becoming a member in April of 2006.  His family includes his wife Jeannie and son Henry.  The Bishop Garrigan High School graduate is the owner of Steier Flooring LLC, Algona’s only certified flooring installer!  Steier became a police reserve because he always had an interest in law enforcement and considers his ability to be a public servant through the reserves an honor.  Among his hobbies are woodworking, home improvement, fishing, and firing his weapons.

 Zittritsch,JacobJacob Zittritsch

Jacob Zittritsch is one of the longest-serving Algona Police Reserves, becoming a member in 2011.  His educational background includes being a graduate of Bishop Garrigan and two years of Fire Science Management at Kirkwood Community College.  He is currently employed by the City of Algona Public Works Dept.  Zittritsch's family includes his parents, John and Connie, his girlfriend Becky, and their young son.  His hobbies and fishing, bowling, dirt track races, and disc golf.  Zittritsch joined the reserves as another way to give back to the community, along with being a member of Algona EMS and Fire Department.

 Bartusek,LaraLara Bartusek

Lara Bartusek became a member of the Algona Police Reserves in January of 2016.  The Mason City High School alumnus is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and has a law enforcement degree from North Iowa Area Community College.  Bartusek is employed as a communications officer with the Clear Lake Police Department.  She has two sons at home, Weston and Archer.  Her hobbies include swimming, weightlifting, and roller derby.

Hallie Jordan

Hallie Jordan became a new member of the Algona Police Reserve in January of 2017.  She is an Algona High School graduate and currently works at Klepper and Trainer.  She enjoys reading, playing with her daughter, and being outside working on cars with her husband.  Jordan became a reserve officer because she felt a calling to serve the people of Algona in the best way possible.  She would like to assist those in trouble by creating a safer environment.

 Brandt,BretBret Brandt

Bret Brandt also became a new reserve officer in January 2017.  The Forest City High School graduate is currently a Criminal Justice major at Iowa Lakes Community College and is employed at Grass Masters.  Brandt’s interests include hunting, fishing, and working on cars.  He decided to become a reserve officer to begin his desired career in law enforcement.  Brandt’s family includes his parents T.J. and Brenda and his brothers Bryce and Brock.

 Skow,MitchellMitchell Skow

Mitchell Skow of Algona was appointed to the Algona Police Reserve in December 2017.  He is a Humboldt native and graduated from Humboldt High School.  After his graduation, Skow attended the University of North Iowa for two years.  He is a member of the Iowa Army National Guard as an E4-SPC and is also employed at the Algona HyVee Store.  His goal is to become a full-time law enforcement officer someday.  

 White,RJRJ White

Corwith native RJ White became an Algona Police Reserve in December 2017.   He is employed in the Security Department at Elanco Animal Health in Fort Dodge.  White is a graduate of Corwith Wesley-Luverne High School and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kaplan University.  His interests include spending time with his wife and children and also watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and Indianapolis Colts football games.


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