Lt. Dan Flores
Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor retired Council Bluffs Police Officer Lt. Dan Flores as Iowan of the Week. Dan has lived in Council Bluffs since 1981 and has become a staple in his community. Dan has committed himself to helping others throughout his career with the Council Bluffs Police Department, through his work with Centro Latino advocacy, and during his continued service directing the Iowa Western Community College security force.
Dan knew he wanted to join law enforcement since middle school. He would go on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from Minnesota State at Mankato after completing a 2-year degree at North Iowa Community College. He was the first in his family to obtain a four-year degree. After his college graduation, he joined the Council Bluffs Police Department where he served for thirty-six years. During that time, Dan became a positive influence within the Police Department and the community at large. As a detective, Dan is proud to have worked on cases that made the community safer. Dan strengthened police programs such as the Chaplain Corp and the drug take-back program.
In addition to his police service, Dan sought out another way to give back to his community. In 2015, Dan joined the Board of Directors for Cento Latino in Council Bluffs, a non-profit organization focused on Hispanic/Latino community building. Dan was drawn to Centro Latino thinking about how his ancestors would have benefited from an organization like Centro Latino. During his time with the organization, Centro Latino has seen strong growth. With a larger operating budget and staff, Centro Latino continues to provide community resources for the Southwest Iowa Hispanic/Latino community. Next month Centro Latino is looking forward to an open house at their learning center, and hosting Latino Festival 2021 on September 25th. Dan is also looking forward to keeping up with Centro Latino’s future successes.
After retiring from the police department in 2017, Dan looked for an opportunity to get involved with Iowa Western Community College where several members of his family had attended. He serves as Director of Safety and Security for the College, safeguarding the campus and students. His current involvement with IWCC has additional meaning for Dan, as he took his police academy training at Iowa Western in 1982. Dan very much looks forward to continuing to assist students as they continue their education in the fall and beyond.
Dan’s commitment to others through his service and advocacy deserves special recognition. It is my pleasure to honor Dan Flores as Iowan of the Week.