Iowa’s largest city is losing its chief of police. Chief Bill McCarthy isn’t going far. After four years at the helm of the capital city’s police department, and 37 years on the force altogether, he’s been offered the job of chief deputy of Polk County, and says he decided to take it.
The current chief deputy, Bill Vaughn, is taking an early-retirement offer. Chief McCarthy, whose brother died in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, has long urged more homeland security funding for local and regional terrorism-response task forces.