Waterloo Police Captain Picked to Lead Department

Duncan Robert-5328_JCA current police captain, Rob Duncan, has been selected to lead the Waterloo Police Department (WPD) as its next chief pending approval at the next Waterloo City Council meeting on Monday, July 1, 2024, at 5:30 p.m. Duncan has been with the department since 1997, starting as a patrol officer and rising through the ranks to Division Commander of Patrol since 2021.

“As someone who was born and raised in Waterloo, I feel very humbled and blessed that Mayor Hart has given me the opportunity to be the next Chief of Police for Waterloo. I have an incredible wife and family at home that has supported me throughout my career in law enforcement. We have an outstanding department full of officers and staff that work to serve the community to the best of their ability while suppressing crime. We also have a City Council and Mayor that are very big supporters of public safety, which shows with how well our agency has done these past few years by getting to fully staffed,” said Duncan.

Duncan, who has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Gateway Community College, was named Waterloo Police Officer of the Year in 2004. His community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Human Rights Commission as a liaison, Child Protection Center at Allen Hospital, and the executive board of the Waterloo Police Protective Association.

“Captain Rob Duncan has proven himself to be a dedicated and effective law enforcement leader in our community. Serving in the Waterloo Police Department for nearly 30 years uniquely positions him to lead the force as chief. We are excited to be at full staff and look forward to the new chapter in Waterloo’s policing history. We will continue to build bridges while creating an even safer Waterloo,” said Mayor Quentin Hart, City of Waterloo.

Duncan replaces Chief Joe Leibold who retired last week after 34 years with the WPD.