HPD Commander Bryan Schowalter promoted to Deputy Chief

Hastings Police Commander Bryan J. Schowalter has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Police, effective May 30th. He moves into this role replacing David Wilske who assumes the Police Chief position.

Commander Schowalter is a 16year veteran of the Hastings Police Department. Schowalter began his career here as a patrol officer in 2006 and was later assigned as an Investigator on the Dakota County Drug Task Force where he became a Team Leader in 2009. Schowalter returned to the Patrol Division in 2014 and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. In 2017, he was appointed to the newly created rank of Police Commander, supervising the Patrol Division and departmental operations. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice leadership from Concordia University, a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University and completed Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command.

“Commander Schowalter exemplifies all aspects of a great leader and again, could not be prouder of this appointment,” said Bryan Schafer, Hastings Police Chief. “He is highly motivated and balances oversight with autonomy, getting the job done.”

Schowalter said he is excited to fill this role and honored to be a part of the team. “I feel extremely fortunate to work in a community that is so supportive of the police department. Our success and reputation is a result of the great work the men and women of this department are doing every day.”

-Submitted by City of Hastings

May 11, 2022