PELLA — An outside hire has been tapped to be Pella's next police chief.

The city announced that Shane McSheehy will become the city's top cop at the end of July, replacing Robert Bokinsky who resigned from the position earlier this year for another job.

McSheehy comes to Pella from the police department in Eustis, Florida, where he retired from the rank of captain. He had served 24 years there, and has 26 years of experience total in law enforcement.

Over his career, McSheehy has held numerous different responsibilities within the Eustis Police Department, including road patrol, criminal investigations, Office of Professional Standards, training, traffic homicide, accreditation, communications and special enforcement.

He was a tactical operator for more than 22 years and served as the agency’s SWAT commander for nearly 13 years.

He is a police instructor, with certifications in active shooter situations, defensive tactics, reality-based training, and firearms.

Total, he has 3,500 hours of continued training on his resume. McSheehy has a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Western Governors University.

McSheehy has been married to wife Debbie for almost 25 years, with three children: Kelli, Alex and Zane. Zane is school-aged and will be a junior at Pella High School this fall. They have three grandchildren.

The three other announced finalists for the position, announced earlier this month, were Pella Lt. Paul Haase; Frankfort, Indiana Chief Troy Bacon; and Chesire, Connecticut Lt. Fredrick Jortner.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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