Matt Sporleder was selected Monday to serve as Story City’s police chief, as Brian Haffner is retiring from the position after 37 years with the department.
In a unanimous vote, the council approved the recommendation of Mayor Mike Jensen and City Administrator Mark Jackson. Councilman Dave Sporleder, Matt’s father, abstained from voting.
“I think he’ll be a darn good chief,” Jensen said. “I thought he had really good interviews with us.”
“I’m very proud and very happy that Matt is our new police chief,” City Clerk Dena Nichols said as the meeting adjourned.
Sporleder has been on the local police force for 18 years. “This was my first law enforcement job,” he said after the meeting.
He grew up in Story City and graduated from Roland-Story in 1995, then got his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Iowa State University in 1999. Sporleder and his wife Kim have two children, ages 10 and 14.
Haffner had served as chief for close to 30 years. He said he expected his last day on duty would be on or around April 5, and then he plans to use vacation for the remainder of the month.
“He is going to be missed,” Sporleder said of Haffner. “He was the rock of our department, and I plan to continue his legacy.”