Yearly Archives: 2020

(Closed) The City is Seeking Candidates for New Chief of Police



The City of West Branch, Iowa, (population 2,498) seeks to hire a Chief of Police.  Candidates must have ILEA certification required upon application.  A minimum of seven (7) years of law enforcement experience required, with one (1) year of supervision preferred.  The selected candidate would be subject to a background investigation, psychological evaluation, and oral interview.

Must work well with city departments, council, budget, and public.  Salary dependent on qualifications and experience.  EOE/AA.  Applications and resumes are due on November 9th.  Contact City Administrator Redmond Jones II, call 319-643-5888 or mail to the City of West Branch, 110 N. Poplar Street, P.O. Box 218, West Branch, Iowa 52358.

The Police Chief will also be an active-duty officer who patrols scheduled hours and is on call when needed.  The department currently has four (4) full time, one (1) inactive part-time, and one (1) reserve police officers.  We have four police vehicles and a department station shared with the Fire Department.  The West Branch Police Department works well with both Johnson County and Cedar Sheriff and County Attorney Offices; as well as state and federal agencies.

The selected candidate will be required to establish a residence within an eight-mile radius of West Branch within six months of their date of employment, and continue residency within the eight-mile radius of West Branch as a requirement for continued employment with the City.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach the City of West Branch directly to request a reasonable accommodation.

Malicious Phone Calls

The West Branch Police are reporting an increase in calls regarding malicious phone calls in West Branch. The current frequent call is regarding a block in your social security number if you can’t call back, sometimes claiming to be the IRS or Federal Marshal’s office.
The WBPD would like to remind everyone:

    • Don’t take calls from someone you don’t know, even if the numbers appear to be local
    • Do not respond to the phone numbers the provided in the phone calls
    • Do not give out any personal information

Please call the WBPD with any questions at 319-643-2222

Solarize Johnson County 2020

Solarize Johnson Co 2020 logoLearn about getting affordable solar for your home, farm or business

If you live anywhere in Johnson County or West Branch, you can participate in a discounted solar purchase for your home, business or farm. The City of West Branch is among the partners offering this program. The more people who participate, the greater the discount!

The next few online, educational sessions for this opportunity are listed below. Please attend a session then get a free, safe, no obligation site assessment from our installer, Eagle Point Solar. You have until September 30, 2020, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

7/15 Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM Solar Power Hour on Zoom (click to register)

7/22 Wednesday 12:30-1:30 PM Solar Power Hour on Zoom (click to register)

7/28 Tuesday 6:30-7:30 PM Solar Power Hour on Zoom (click to register)

For additional sessions later in the summer, visit

Restaurant Guide for Carryout

Main Street Sweets

Regular menu carry out available
Mon- Sat 11-8 319-643-5001 or

Herb & Lou’s

Regular menu carry out and curbside pick up available. Delivery service will begin Monday March 23.
Monday- Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm 319-643-7373

Jack and Jill

update will be coming

Reid’s Beans

Regular menu carry out available
Beginning Monday March 23 a Take and Bake menu will be available with delivery possibilities to residences in immediate West Branch
Tomato sauce, Ricotta Cheese, Ground Beef and Italian Sausage layered with pasta and topped with Mozzarella Cheese. Comes with green salad and fresh garlic bread. 2 portion 18.00 4 portion 35.00
Shepherd’s Pie
Savory stew of Beef and vegetables, topped with whipped potatoes. Comes with green salad and fresh baked bread. 2 portion 18.00 4 portion 35.00
Chicken Pot Pie Full of chicken, vegetables, potatoes and wrapped in pie crust. Served with green salad and fresh bread. 2-3 portion 18.00
Soup and Salad
12 ounces homemade soup, mixed green salad, and fresh baked bread. 1 portion 6.00
Monday- Saturday 7am-2 pm 319-643-3432 or text 319-359-8397

Mexico Lindo

Full menu available.
Doing business at 15% off all orders until further notice.
Daily 11 am- 8 pm 319-877-8025

Down Under

Regular menu available for carry out or curbside. Daily specials posted on Facebook.
Open 7 days a week 4-8 pm 319-643-4115

Community Development Group Hiring Executive Director

West Branch Community Development Group, a Main Street Iowa organization, is currently seeking a part‐time Executive Director. This person will be responsible for planning, execution, and documentation of the Main Street policies and guidelines for historic preservation and economic development. Areas of responsibility will include but are not limited to; advocacy, committee oversight, fundraising, governance, meeting participation, program evaluation, public relations, and risk management. This position entails a flexible 25-hour work week with some evening and weekend events.

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