Chief Michael “Mac” McClelland is an Iowa native, born in Des Moines, Iowa where he graduated from East High School in 1986.Chief Mac began his law enforcement career after high school, enlisting in the United States Army, serving as a Military Police officer at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.In 1990 he returned home joining the Iowa Army National Guard and was quickly deployed to support combat operations for Operation Desert Storm, performing POW duties.Chief Mac attended Grand View University and Drake University’s R.O.T.C. program, where he attained his B.S. in Criminal Justice and his commission as an Army Reserve Officer in 1996.
After graduation Chief Mac took a position with the Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Colorado, serving 24 years in numerous positions and duties; Patrol, Field Training Officer, Traffic, Patrol Sergeant, Police Area Representative/ Foot Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Investigations Sergeant, Lieutenant/Watch Commander, Traffic Section Commander, Honor Guard Commander, Awards Board Chairman, Training Section Commander, Investigative Support Section Commander and Force Review Board member.
Chief Mac continued his military service in the Iowa and Colorado Army National Guard, deploying to combat in 2003-2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and again in 2010-2011 to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.Chief Mac retired from military service in 2012 at the rank of Major.
Chief McClelland has been married to his wife Mindy, also an Iowa native from Charles City, Iowa, since 1997.They have three children Mikey, Max and MacKenzie.