Meet the APD

Meet the team dedicated to the safety of all citizens and visitors of Atlantic. 

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”

President Ronald Reagan

Officers

David Erickson

David Erickson

Police Chief

Chief David Erickson joined the Atlantic Police Department in 1997. Erickson was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and promoted to Chief in 2016. Previous to becoming an officer for the A. P. D., Erickson was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. His specialty was Military Intelligence attached with the Marine Corps Sniper/ STA Platoon. While in the service he served in Central America and Kuwait during the Gulf War. After getting out of the service, Erickson worked at the Atlantic Coca Cola Bottling Company where he was a salesman, a supervisor for Creston Territory, and a member of the Atlantic Police Department Reserve Unit from 1996 – 1997. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy 160th Basic in 1997. From 1998 to 2008 he was the liaison for the Reserve unit and during that time the Unit was awarded the Unit of the year award three times in the state of Iowa. He was also a firearms instructor, field ­training officer and was in charge of all the kid programs. Chief Erickson is married and has five children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandson. He enjoys taking kids hunting, fishing and camping and spending time outdoors. He also does volunteer work as a mentor for kids in the community.

Paul Wood

Paul Wood

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Paul Wood joined the Atlantic Police Department in November of 2004. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016 after his promotion to Sergeant in 2011. Prior to joining the Atlantic Police Department he worked on the Pella Police Department and graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in the 187th Basic Class. Wood graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College with an Associate Degree in Police Science. Beside his regular duties as a Patrolman Lieutenant Wood is one of the Field Training Officers, Taser Instructor, Sexual Abuse Investigator, and Arson Investigator. Lieutenant Wood is also member of the Atlantic Fire Department. He is married with two children.

Devin Houge

Devin Hogue

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Devin Hogue joined the Atlantic Police Department in August of 2011. Prior to joining the Atlantic Police Department he worked on the Shenandoah Police Department and attended the 13th Basic Class at Western Iowa Tech Community College, where he was certified as a law enforcement officer in November 2010. Hogue is married with two children, and oversees the different kids programs the department holds throughout the year. He enjoys working with children in the community, criminal investigations, and drug investigation.

Spencer Walton

Spencer Walton

Sergeant

Sergeant Spencer Walton joined the Atlantic Police Department in August, 2008. He was promoted to the position of Sergeant in 2016. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April, 2009 as part of the 226th basic class. Prior to and during his early years of employment with the Atlantic Police Department, he studied at Iowa State University and Peru State College, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Sergeant Walton has been certified by the State of Iowa to instruct in the areas of firearms, open-sight rifles and less lethal munitions. Sergeant Walton is also an instructor in law enforcement and civilian response to active intruders and has additional training in areas such as criminal intelligence, interview and interrogation, narcotics interdiction and more. Sergeant Walton’s spare time is often spent coordinating training for citizens of the community, volunteering time with local organizations, spending time with his family and friends, as well as enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.

Cameron Ward

Cameron Ward

Sergeant

Sergeant Cameron Ward has been with the Atlantic Police Department since Dec, 29th 2016, prior to joining the A.P.D he grew up in Griswold Iowa where he was a Griswold high school graduate. Cameron’s interest in law enforcement started with his father who was an Omaha Police Officer/ K9 handler. Sergeant Ward’s hobbies include hunting, running, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He is married and has two daughters. Sergeant Ward is interested in working with children and drug/criminal investigations.

Christin Vavricek

Christin Brinker

Officer

Officer Christin Brinker joined the Atlantic Police Department as a member of the reserves in fall 2008. She served the reserves until being hired full-time in July of 2009. Officer Brinker graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminology and Sociology. Officer Brinker graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s 232nd basic class in April 2010.

Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith

Officer

Officer Caleb K. Smith joined the Atlantic Police Department in October of 2009. Prior to joining the Atlantic Police Department Officer Smith graduated from Iowa Central Community College with a Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2008. In May of 2008 Officer Smith joined the Red Oak Police Department as a Reserve. While as a reserve at the Red Oak Police Department Officer Smith became a Certified Reserve in October of 2009. In December of 2010 Officer Smith graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in the 236th Basic Class.

Nathan Kinney

Nathan Kinney

Officer

Officer Nathan Kinney joined the Atlantic Police Department in August, 2014.He became a Certified Atlantic Police Reserve officer in 2012. Kinney graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April, 2015 as part of the 261st basic class, where he achieved the 300 point club for physical fitness. Prior to joining the A.P.D. he grew up on a farm South of Atlantic. Nathan and his wife Lindsey are Atlantic High School graduates from the class of 2002, together they have three boys. Kinney spends much of his free time with friends and family. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors.

Christian Holzapfel

Christian Holzapfel

Officer

Officer Holzapfel has been with the Atlantic Police department since 2013 as a Reserve Officer, and was hired as a full time officer in August 2016. Officer Holzapfel graduated from Atlantic High school in 2012. Officer Holzapfel is married and has 2 children, who he enjoys spending free time with. Officer Holzapfel will graduate from the 274th basic academy class, and enjoys time spent with Atlantic youth, criminal investigations, as well as drug interdiction. Officer Holzapfel is also one of two reserve liaison officers in the department. Some of Officer Holzapfel’s hobbies include golfing, fishing, and spending time with family.

Brock Thompson

Brock Thompson

Officer

Officer Brock L. Thompson joined the Atlantic Police Department in 2017 and graduated from the 227th class at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. He was raised in Cedar Rapids where he obtained his Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Kirkwood Community College. Prior to joining the Atlantic Police Department, he swerved in the United States Marine Corps from 2012-2016. Officer Thompson enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.

Dustin Gelner

Dustin Gelner

Officer

Officer Dustin Gelner joined the Atlantic Police Department in April 2019. Officer Gelner attended the 288th Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Gelner was raised in Louisiana and served in the United States Army from 2008-2012. Prior to moving to Atlantic, Officer Gelner lived in Alaska for 3 years. Officer Gelner enjoys spending time with his family.

Dustin Gelner

Tayte S. Schoff

Officer

Officer Tayte S. Schoff joined the Atlantic Police Department in March 2020. Prior to joining the Atlantic Police Department, Officer Schoff lived in Richland, Iowa. Officer Schoff graduated high School at Pekin Community School district in 2013. Officer Schoff then attended Indian Hills Community College and graduated in 2016 with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. In August of 2018, Officer Schoff attended the Moberly Area Law Enforcement Academy in Missouri. Officer Schoff served as a deputy in Scotland Co. Missouri in 2019 until transferring to Atlantic Police Department in 2020. Officer Schoff enjoys being outside, working out and spending time with his family.

Reserve Officers