Dyersville Assistant Police Chief Mike Comer fits Gavin Zapf with a new bike helmet during a community outreach event. Comer was recently named the new Peosta police chief.

Bittersweet — that was the only word Mike Comer could use to describe his decision to leave the Dyersville Police Department.

Comer, who most recently was Dyersville’s acting assistant police chief, has been sworn in as the newest Peosta chief of police.

“I think every officer strives to become a chief,” Comer said. “This was just a good opportunity and the City of Peosta so far has been a great place for me.”

The Dyersville P.D. was Comer’s first job out of police academy and a place he’s reported for duty at for the last decade-and-a-half.

For Comer, it was a tough decision, but one that he ultimately thinks was right for him.

“I am going to miss everybody that I came in contact with — basically this has been my life for the last 15 years,” he said. “But we’re still going to live in the area, it’s not like I’m leaving for good.”

Starting Aug. 5, Comer will head his own department, something he said Dyersville has helped prepare him for.

“I have to give credit where credit is due to Chief (Brent) Schroeder,” Comer said. “He built me up to what I am today and he was a great mentor for me.”

In Peosta, he said he sees a lot of room for growth and opportunity as that community continues to expand. Comer was the front-runner out of the four finalists interviewed in July. In total, more than 20 people had their applications reviewed.

“I’ll miss the guys but we’re still going to work together on certain things,” he said of his old colleagues. “The city has been great to me for the last 15 years and again it’s just bittersweet for me. I’m going to miss Dyersville but I have a great opportunity ahead of me.”