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February 20, 2019


Department of Public Safety Commissioner Announces New Colonel to Lead the Iowa State Patrol February 22, 2019
UPDATE - Location Change

Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Stephan K. Bayens, is pleased to announce the selection of Captain Nathan Fulk as the 17th Chief of the Iowa State Patrol. Captain Fulk was selected following an in-depth and exhaustive selection process. Captain Fulk will be responsible for leading the Iowa State Patrol into the future and ensuring the organization remains committed to the safety of all Iowans by providing courtesy, service, and protection.

Colonel Nathan Fulk Nathan Fulk was born and raised in southeast Iowa. In 1992, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served with the Fleet Anti-Security Team (F.A.S.T. Company) in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed his enlistment as a scout-sniper instructor for the 1st Marine Division. In 1997, Captain Fulk attended the 24th Department of Public Safety Basic Academy and upon graduation began his law enforcement career serving as a Trooper in Solon, Iowa. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and Lieutenant in 2013. He has served as the Bureau Chief for the Department's Professional Development Bureau and Camp Commander of the Department of Public Safety's Basic Academy. He most recently served as an Area Captain in central Iowa. Throughout his 22-year career with the Iowa State Patrol, he has always served with distinction and demonstrated consistent leadership and dedication. He currently resides in Ankeny with his wife, Vicki, and their two children, Weston and Eva.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety stands ready to support and encourage Captain Fulk to be the strong, compassionate, and thoughtful leader the Iowa State Patrol needs and the people of Iowa deserve.

The location of the swearing in ceremony for Iowa State Patrol Colonel Nathan Fulk scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. will now take place in the rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building, 1st floor.  Entrance can be made through the west or south doors.


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