Conrad Rosendahl resigns as Lansing Chief of Police to advance his career as police chief in the larger community of New Hampton

Lansing Police Chief moving to New Hampton ... City of Lansing Police Chief Conrad Rosendahl recently resigned his position to become the new police chief for the City of New Hampton, starting that new role July 1. Rosendahl is pictured above with his two youngest children, five-year-old Ariella and eight-year-old Izaac. Photo by Julie Berg-Raymond.

by Julie Berg-Raymond

The last month or so has been something of a whirlwind in the Rosendahl household.

Conrad Rosendahl, Lansing Chief of Police since 2016, recently resigned his position and accepted a job as chief of police in New Hampton. Starting a new job in a new city can be stressful - especially for a couple who own a home and have two small children. It’s hard not to conclude that someone is looking out for Conrad and Kristin Rosendahl and their two youngest children (Izaac, 8 and Ariella, 5), though.

This all happened in less than a month: Conrad applied for the New Hampton position June 4, was interviewed June 10, and was offered the job that same day. The next day, he gave his notice to the City of Lansing. He signed a five-year contract with New Hampton June 17; and by the end of the week, he and his wife, Kristin had closed on their new home in New Hampton and had a buyer in place for their Lansing house. Conrad’s last day with the Lansing Police Department was June 26, and he started his new job in New Hampton July 1.

The new job comes with a significant pay increase, and new hours - Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family’s move to New Hampton adds only four minutes to Kristin’s current work commute, so she doesn’t have to look for a new job - which is great, Conrad says, because she loves her job as a registered nurse at WinnMed (the former Winneshiek Medical Center) in Decorah.

Most important, the new job brings Conrad and Kristin closer to daughter Alexyess and granddaughter Kaya-Lynn, age 2, who live in the northeast Iowa community of Denver (Alexyess works at MercyOne Medical Center in Waterloo). It’s only a half-hour drive from New Hampton to Denver; from Lansing, the trip was almost two hours long. “This change will give us a lot more time to spend with them,” Conrad says.

The couple’s blended family also includes two adult sons: Joseph (“Joey”), a sergeant in the U.S. Army, is stationed in Kansas. He recently returned from an eight-month tour in Romania, 100 miles from the Ukrainian border. (I’m glad he’s back in Kansas now,” Conrad says.) Their other adult son, Brendan, is starting at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids this fall - studying to be a physical therapist assistant with the intention of pursuing a degree in either sports medicine or physical therapy.

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