Mike Halma was appointed Sioux Center’s chief of police by Sioux Center's mayor on Thursday.
Halma, of Sioux Center, has been with the Sioux Center Police Department since January of 1984. He was named the department’s investigator in 2002 and continued in that role to the present day. Halma is also a firearms instructor and has served as a self-defense and ASP baton instructor.
As chief of police, Halma will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police department. He will implement council policy, initiate programs and supervise the department officers. Halma will work closely with other law enforcement agencies and local representatives to develop and carry out programs to meet community needs.
Halma was selected for the position following the retirement of long-time Police Chief Paul Adkins. He will begin as chief immediately.
“I am looking forward to beginning the role of police chief for the city of Sioux Center,” Halma said. “For over 34 years, I have had the privilege of serving the community under the guidance of Chief Adkins. His leadership over the years has been instrumental in the development and success of this department, which is reflected in the quality of the officers currently serving. It will be my privilege to continue serving and protecting this community.”
Halma took the oath of office during Thursday’s council meeting after the council approved his appointment as police chief.
“We are excited to have Mike move into the new role as Police Chief for the City. His years of experience, knowledge and respect of the community will be great assets as he steps into this position.” Sioux Center Mayor Dennis Walstra said.
Halma and his wife Sue live in Sioux Center, and he has been involved in coaching Sioux Center Warrior basketball for 20 years.
Photo: Mike Halma takes his oath of office as Sioux Center's new chief of police.