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Police Department

If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Non-emergency number: 319-895-6141

For non-urgent questions and requests, please call the non-emergency number. If the police do not answer the non-emergency line, the call will roll over to Linn County, who will take a message or contact the officer on duty.


Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department
380 Old Lincoln Highway
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Police Chief: Doug Shannon

Sergeant: Willie Daubs

Officers: Todd Gehrke, Steve Moel (K9 Officer), Jason Blinks, Amy Ford, Jeff Frankfurt, and Esteban Gutierrez

Reserve Officers: Cal Vaughn, Preston Johnson, Brandon Siggins, Ralph Cortez, and Nick Macke

Part-Time Officers: Morgan Mehlert, Rod Kelley, and Austin Oates

Our Mission

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department’s primary mission is to preserve life and property, protect the rights of all persons, maintain peace and order, prevent and detect crime, and enforce State law and local ordinances.

To accomplish this mission, members of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department are bestowed the necessary legal authority by the community we serve. The foundation of our mission is based upon our commitment to justice, equality, compassion, courtesy, dedication and professional service to others.

To ensure success in this mission, members of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department shall maintain the trust, confidence, and respect of the community we serve, by continuing to educate ourselves and our community for evolving needs and trends, having empathy for others, having strength (both physically and mentally) to meet and overcome challenges, demonstrating our commitment to providing the highest level of excellence and professional service, recognizing the need for all members to exhibit organizationally expected behavior and are willing to accept personal responsibility, while being accountable to all members of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department and the community we serve.

Parking Tickets

There are three options to pay a parking ticket:

  1. By Check – Checks can be made out to the appropriate city and mailed to or dropped off at 380 Old Lincoln Hwy, Mount Vernon, IA 52314.
  2. Over the Phone- For a fee, tickets can be paid over the phone using a credit card during normal business hours. To pay your ticket over the phone, call the non-emergency number: 319-895-6141.
  3. Online – Pay your ticket online right now!

Home Security Checks

If you are heading out of town or will be away from your home or business for an extended period of time, you can request an officer from the Mount Vernon Police Department to periodically check the property.

Community Involvement

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Police Department is committed to enriching our community through education and volunteering. They offer the following services within Mount Vernon and the surrounding areas:

  • D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education
  • R.A.D. – Rape Aggression Defense
  • RA Training – Residence Assistance for Cornell College student staff
  • DITEP – Drug Impariment Training for educational professionals
  • Internet Saftey/Child Predator Training
  • Kids Safety Fair
  • Child Safety Seat Events
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Training for the Mount Vernon Community School District, Cornell College and Emergency Services
  • Bar Checks
  • Housing/Building Checks
  • Car Unlocks


Learn what the Mt Vernon-Lisbon Police Department is doing to keep our community safe by reading their Annual Report: