At the end of the year, the Public Safety Director and long-serving Chief of Police in Storm Lake, Iowa is retiring. Mark Prosser moved to Storm Lake back in the fall of 1989.
Chief Prosser talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about his career, community, his next endeavor and an issue he’s passionate about, immigration.
Chief Prosser provided a few statistics to highlight the diversity in his community.
People living in the community speak 30 different languages.
Iowa State University estimated about 35% of the people living there are not reported in the population of more than 10,000 people.
More than 85% of students who attend public school are non-Caucasian. For Storm Lake-St. Mary’s it’s about 66%.
And, here’s another static that makes Chief Prosser proud; last year crime in Storm Lake fell to the lowest level in 27 years.