Sheriff Tony Thompson

Sheriff Tony Thompson took office January 1, 2009 (Article),was re-elected in November of 2012 with nearly 70% of the vote, and again in November of 2016 with 98.8% of the vote. His law enforcement career started much earlier however...  He joined the US Army as a military police officer in 1988. He retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 2009, with 21 years of service.  His career with the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office began in March of 1994 and he has worked in the Jail, Special Services, Patrol, and now Administrative Divisions.  His prior assignments include: Drug Education Officer, Community Services Coordinator, Computer Crimes Investigator, Patrol Officer, Public Information Officer, and SWAT Team leader prior to taking command of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Thompson's Biography:

Graduated: Winterset High School, University of Northern Iowa: BA- Communication Studies, Liberty University: MS- Criminal Justice/Public Administration

Elected: November 4th, 2008

Took Office: January 1st, 2009

Wife: Janel Sons: Brady and Bryce


  • Currently on the Executive Board for Black Hawk Economic Development, Inc.
  • Currently a Board member for the Covenant Hospital Foundation Board
  • Current Member and Past Council President of the Executive Board for the Winnebago Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Currently serves on the governor's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning- Public Safety Advisory Board
  • Currently serves on the State of Iowa's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council.
  • Currently serves on the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services- Complex Mental Health Needs Subcommittee.
  • Currently serves on the Black Hawk County 9-1-1 Service Board (board vice-chair), the Consolidated Communications Board (board chair), and the Criminal Justice Information System Service Board (board vice-chair).
  • Currently serves on the Black Hawk County Emergency Management Commission (commission chair).
  • Currently serves on the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force Board (board chair).
  • Currently serves on the Hawkeye Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
  • Currently serves on the Upper Iowa University, Waterloo Campus, Advisory Board.
  • Actively involved in fundraising for Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Black Hawk County, Family and Children's Councilthe Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society.
  • Actively involved in Iowa Special Olympics and former local coordinator for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Plunge.
  • Current member of the American Legion
  • Current member of the 40 and 8
  • Member of Iowa Ducks Unlimited
  • Member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation
  • Coaches and Referees Youth Baseball and Youth Wrestling
  • Member of the Waterloo Moose Lodge  
  • Member of the Black Hawk County Democrats' Central Committee
  • Member of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association
  • Member of the ISSDA's (Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association) State Legislative Committee and State Executive Board (state secretary)
  • Member of the Alpha Phi Sigma- National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Theta Sigma Chapter)
  • Member of the Black Hawk County Chapter of the NAACP

Currently Teaches: Sheriff Thompson is an adjunct professor and currently instructs criminology, sociology, and public administration courses for the following colleges and universities:

-Upper Iowa University, Waterloo Campus

-Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, Iowa

-Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa

-University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa


  • Awarded the McCartney Award from the Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Academy for conscientious performance (140th Basic Class)- 1994
  • Awarded the 300 Point Club Award for physical fitness excellence from the Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Academy (140th Basic Class)-1994
  • Awarded Deputy of the Year honors for the year 1999
  • Awarded the Department of Public Safety, Commissioner’s Special Award for Traffic Safety - 2001
  • Awarded the Drug Enforcement Administration's Enrique Camarena "Certificate of Appreciation” for drug enforcement efforts in Black Hawk County-2003.
  • Awarded the Iowa Community Betterment Leadership Award from the Governor of the State of Iowa- 2003
  • Graduate of the 98th Session of the National Sheriff's Institute, National Sheriff's Association and National Institute of Corrections, Longmont, Colorado.- 2010

 Military Service:   

  • US Army- Military Police 1988-2009
  • Retired from Iowa Army National Guard
  • Senior Non-Commissioned Officer/ Operations NCO for Officer Candidate School- Iowa
  • Taught Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Courses, Army Instructor Courses, Installation Security/Physical Security Courses, and Officer Candidate School

Notable Military Awards:

  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Army Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M" and hourglass devices), National Defense Service Medal (w/ Bronze Star), Iowa Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Iowa Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Iowa Leadership Ribbon w/ Torch, Army Humanitarian Service Medal, Iowa State Service Ribbon (5 Awards), and Iowa Humanitarian Service Medal

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