Davenport promoting Jeffrey Bladel as next police chief

Veteran police officer Jeffrey Bladel has been selected to become Davenport’s next police chief, the city announced.

He will take over the department’s top job on Tuesday, Aug. 30. He will succeed Police Chief Paul Sikorski, who will retire in August.

Mr. Bladel, a major in the Davenport Police Department, has served as assistant chief since 2016. He is a 27-year veteran of the police department.

“Major Bladel has devoted his life in service to the Davenport Police Department, protecting and caring for the well being of our community,” Davenport City Administrator Corri Spiegel said in a news release. “His commitment, education and professional success at every level of leadership within the department makes him an outstanding choice for this role.”

Mr. Bladel says he looks forward to continuing to serve alongside the men and women of the department.

“I am honored to be the next chief of police for the city of Davenport,” he said in a news release. “Having been a lifelong resident of Davenport, I care deeply for the residents and the safety of the community. The Davenport Police Department is comprised of extraordinary men and women, and I am honored to have worked with such a tremendous team over the years.”

The new chief will be sworn into office at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, during a ceremony at Davenport City Hall.

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