New recruits build biggest staff ever

Lane celebrates 30th year with department

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Scott County sheriff Tim Lane welcomed three new deputies, and swore in three new jail officers, part of the department’s biggest expansion ever.

And he’s looking for more.

Lane welcomed the staff April 22 at a patrol headquarters ceremony in Eldridge, where he also observed his own 30th anniversary as a Scott County deputy.

Lane is a North Scott graduate who began his law enforcement career as a Scott County jailer, then took a deputy job in Johnson County. Former Scott County Sheriff Forrest Ashcraft called him back home in 1991. It’s a call Lane was dreaming of.

“There was a lot more support for law enforcement in Scott County than there ever was in Johnson County. At that time, Johnson County seemed like it was against anything the U.S. was doing,” Lane said.

He began Scott County patrols in March 1991, the same week as the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles.

“I recall saying then that in a few years, the criminal will be renamed victim, and law enforcement will be renamed as suspects,” Lane said at Thursday’s ceremony.

Scott County supervisors in October add 15 full-time positions to the sheriff’s department. That included making permanent earlier temporary hiring of five jail officer and four deputies, and adding the three deputies and jailers recognized Thursday.

Lane said he expects one more hire from the applicant list of 11 to fill an imminent retirement.

New deputies

The sheriff formally welcomed three new deputies who began patrols in November and December.

Carlos Delgado is an Illinois National Guard corporal who holds a fire science degree from Western Illinois University. Delgado said he about gave up on a law enforcement dream and had applied to nursing school when he got the Scott County call. He and his fiancé, Allie Gwin plan a move here from Cedar Rapids and a wedding later this year.

Ed Mauro is a Pennsylvania native who brings 10 years of Marine experience, including four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before his honorable discharge in 2015. He’s been a Scott County Jail officer since 2018. He and his wife Emily have two daughters.

Bradley Rubino is a 2009 Bettendorf High School graduate who earned a law enforcement degree from WIU. He interned with his hometown police department, and worked security at Deere headquarters in Moline. He also was a seasonal park patrol officers for Scott County. Rubino has worked full-time at the Scott County jail and volunteers as a reserve deputy since 2016. Rubino earned top academic honors at graduation from the Iowa Law Enforcement the day before this ceremony. He and his wife Lindsey have two children.

New correctional officers

Jail Sgt. Gina Wolfe presented four new officers, Niki Gimm, Courtney-Jade Hudson, Chris Scheer and Bryse Sunderlin.

All were immediately recruited to consider  joining the sheriff’s reserve.

Sheriff Lane also swore in new reserve Carson Lutterman. He’s a Scott County jail officer who holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and served as a reserve for his hometown Ackley, Iowa department, and now in Eldora.

Major Shawn Roth welcomed all, and noted the challenges facing law enforcement, and the work ahead. He said his work now includes regular collaborations with Davenport’s NAACP and LULAC chapters, and other neighborhood groups. “This is what we’re going through at this point in time in our lives and our community when things break down. We have to establish trust in the community.”

County board chairman Ken Beck made sure the new hires noted the sheriff’s career path. “This is something you can look forward to. Nice longevity with the county,” Beck said as he welcomed the new crew.

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