The Dyersville Police Department showed up in force Monday night to say goodbye to colleague Drew Wilgenbusch, who will be resigning at the end of the month to take his dream position with the Iowa State Patrol.

Wilgenbusch, a Dyersville native, interned with the bike patrol unit for Dyersville in 2017 before eventually being hired as a full-time officer in July 2018.

“He was with our department through a difficult transition time and I think Drew and I have learned a lot about ourselves during that early period of his career,” Chief Brent Schroeder said. “He will not have any trouble adapting and moving forward I know he will be very successful in what he does. I’d like to thank him for everything he did for our department.”

Wilgenbusch said his departure is bitter-sweet, but this was the path he always envisioned his career taking.

“Thank you for sending me to the academy and jump-starting my career in law enforcement and giving me a chance to chase my dreams,” Wilgenbusch said. “The training and knowledge you have distilled in me is something I hope to use as I further my career with the Iowa State Patrol. Leaving my hometown department will not be easy but I believe this change will be good for me as well as allow me to continue to grow within this profession.”

After hearing Wilgenbusch’s farewell, the Dyersville City Council approved the immediate hiring of veteran officer Neil Dolphin at $32-per-hour.

Dolphin joins the department with certifications as a defensive tactics instructor, less lethal tactics instructor, chemical munitions and pepper instructor and has been a field training officer for eight years. Additionally, Dolphin has worked in the Community Policing Division with the City of Dubuque and has trained through Homeland Security as a Mobile Field Force Officer.

“He brings a lot of experience,” Schroeder told the council. “We are really looking forward to bringing him on board to fill Drew’s shoes.”

Dolphin will mark his 14th year of service with the Dubuque Police Department in August, but with three kids and a wife, Dolphin said he is looking for a change of pace, something he hopes to find in Dyersville.

“I’ve done the big-city stuff for 14 years and I don’t want to say it’s burned me out because I want to stay in law enforcement, it’s just more the day-to-day,” Dolphin said. “I appreciate the opportunity and you guys won’t be disappointed.”