Welcome to the Tony Thompson for Sheriff Biography Page

Brief Biography of Tony Thompson, Black Hawk County Sheriff

Tony Thompson's Sheriff's Office Service

"We who were to be leaders had to first prove ourselves to those we were to lead."

- Philip of Macedon

-Currently the Sheriff of Black Hawk County

-Serves on the Governor's Public Safety Advisory Board

-Serves on the State of Iowa's Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council

-Serves on the Governor's Juvenile Justice Reform Implementation Committee

-Serves on the state's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

-Serves on the Executive Board for Black Hawk Economic Development, Inc.

-Serves on the Executive Board for the Winnebago Council for the Boy Scouts of America

-Serves on the Steering Committee for the Adult Crisis Stabilization Center in Black Hawk County

-Serves on the Hawkeye Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board

-Serves on the Kaplan University (Cedar Falls Campus) Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

-Serves on the 9-1-1 Service Board for Black Hawk County

-Serves on the Criminal Justice Information Systems Board for Black Hawk County

-Serves on the Consolidated Communications Service Board for Black Hawk County

-Serves on the Black Hawk County Emergency Management Board

-Serves on the state Executive Board for the ISSDA... Currently assigned to the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association's- State Legislative Committee (working on legislative initiatives and giving the citizens of Black Hawk County a greater voice in the state house)

-Chaired the Sheriff's Statewide Promotional Exam Committee for ISSDA 

"At the grave of the hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we return to the fight."

-Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

-Past President of the Black Hawk County Law Enforcement Association and presided over the association for 8 years. Advancing their fundraising, providing solvency for their retirement benefit and ensuring continued success of their philanthropic efforts for years to come.

-Employed since 1994 at the Sheriff’s Office

-Worked nearly all divisions of the agency, currently assigned to the Administrative Division.

-Former Team Leader of the SWAT team.

-Worked in the Jail Division and on the Jail Transition Team writing the policies and procedures for the opening of the new county Jail.

-Worked in the Special Services Division as a computer analyst and computer crimes investigator.

-Worked in the Patrol Division as a patrol officer and street drug interdiction officer.

-Worked in the Community Services Division as drug education officer, community services coordinator and public information officer.

-Developed the inmate orientation procedure and established the inmate orientation video.

-Previously assigned to the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association's- State Jails Committee (worked with the state Jail Inspector and the Department of Corrections, to establish Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 50- State Jail Standards)

-Developed, wrote and fielded the new drug education curriculum “DON’T-Drugs Offer No Tomorrow”

-Assisted in developing and implementing the "Shadow Boxers" Youth Diversion Program, which aids local at-risk or youthful offenders from becoming further involved in the criminal justice system

-Former member of the Teamster's Local 238

-Written over $15 million in equipment and monetary grants for the Sheriff’s Office.

-Established 2 new Neighborhood Watch Groups and regenerated/rejuvenated 2 more in the county.

-Taught law enforcement lessons for local Driver’s Education Classes throughout the Cedar Valley.

-Taught building searches and other law enforcement lessons to police cadets in the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

-Taught Interpersonal Communications and Verbal Judo classes for the Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputies Association, State Jails School.

-Established the Senior’s Safe Cell Phone Program- a program that provides free cellular telephones to senior (60+) citizens in Black Hawk County. Over 6,000 cell phones have been distributed to date.(Assisted 10 other county Sheriff’s Offices to do the same program for their citizens as well)

-Raised the money and initiated the Welcome to Meth Warfare Campaign which gathered $18,000 in private donations to purchase Anhydrous Ammonia Nurse Tank Locks, effectively locking all anhydrous in Black Hawk County to prevent the illegal theft and production of Methamphetamine. This program became a statewide effort when I contacted Senator Harkin’s office and convinced them to generate Federal dollars to bolster the initiative to positively impact every county in the state. Click here for article

-Worked on the Governor’s Safety Taskforce for Alcohol Awareness and aided in developing legislation and public education to lower the drunk driving limit from .10 to .08.

-Conducted the first dramatic drinking and driving high school educational program “Every 15 Minutes” in the state (in Hudson), and assisted 20 other school districts across the state in presenting it to their student body.

Tony Thompson's Military Service (Iowa Army National Guard)

"The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave..."

- Patrick Henry


-Retired following 20 years of service in the Iowa Army National Guard.  Last assigned to the Regional Training Institute- Iowa Military Academy as a Senior TAC NCO/Operations NCO for Officer Candidate’s School (OCS)

-Instructed and managed the Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course for the State of Iowa

-Taught Total Army Instructor’s Training Course and Small Group Instructor’s Training Course, and Physical Security and Installation Defense Course

-Graduated Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, Total Army Instructor’s Training Course, Small Group Instructor’s Training Course, Tactical Training Officers Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, and Tactics Certification Course (all combat leadership trainer’s courses)

-Military Police officer, United States Army since 1989

-Military Police Investigator since 1993

-Deployed 5 times including: Panama (1989), Saudi Arabia/Kuwait/Iraq (1991), Two State of Iowa Disaster Deployments (1993 Flood, 1996 Washington, Ia Tornado), and Bosnia (1995)

-Notable Military Awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Army Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (3 Awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M" and hourglass devices), 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


Tony Thompson's Civilian Education

-MS Degree, Liberty University in Criminal Justice/Public Administration

- Member of the Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society- Theta Sigma~Liberty University

-BA Degree, University of Northern Iowa in Communication Studies

-Adjunct Professor for Communications Studies, College of Humanities and Fine Arts at University of Northern Iowa: 1996-2004

"The surest way to find yourself is to loose yourself in service to others." -Mohandas Gandhi


Tony Thompson's Honors and Awards

-Awarded the McCartney Award from the Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Academy for conscientious performance- 1994

-Awarded the 300 Point Club Award for physical fitness excellence from the Iowa Law Enforcement Basic Academy-1994

-Awarded Deputy of the Year honors in 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 National Sheriff's Institute, National Sheriff's Association, Longmont, Colorado- 2010


Tony Thompson's Community Service/Activities

-Currently serving on the Black Hawk County Consolidated Communications Board, E9-1-1 Service Board, the Black Hawk County Criminal Justice Information System Board and the Tri-County Drug Task Force Executive Board

-Currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Aspire Therapeutic Riding Program.

-Currently on the Executive Board for Black Hawk Economic Development, Inc.

-Currently on the Executive Board for the Covenant Hospital Foundation.

-Currently the Immediate Past President and VP of Marketing for the Executive Board for the Winnebago Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

-Actively involved in fundraising for Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Black Hawk County and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

-Actively involved in Iowa Special Olympics and past 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 (fraternal military organization)

-Member of Iowa Ducks Unlimited

-Member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation

-Advisory board member of Iowa Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)

-Member of the Substance Abuse Task Team for Black Hawk County

-Member of Waterloo Schools Safety Task Force

-Coaches and Referees Youth Baseball and Youth Wrestling

-Member of the Waterloo Moose Lodge

-Iowa Northland Regional Transportation Agency: Safety Taskforce Representative

-Member of the Black Hawk County Democrats' Central Committee

-Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America) since 1983