About Dan

Dan CharlestonDan Charleston, age 51, was born in Sterling, IL and moved to Iowa when he was in eighth grade. He grew up in Altoona and attended Grand View Christian High School in Des Moines. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, and soccer.

He enlisted in the US Army and after training Charleston was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division and was a part of a rapid deployment unit at Fort Ord, CA.

After receiving his honorable discharge from the Army in 1989, he tested with 5,000 people to join the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the largest department in the nation, and was one of 150 selected to attend one of their academies. After a six-month academy, Charleston graduated with honors.  He had the opportunity to gain a vast amount of law enforcement experience over the next five years with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Pomona Police Department.

Charleston moved back to Iowa after the Rodney King riots and was hired by Polk County Sheriff Bob Rice as a deputy. He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy where he graduated with honors.

Charleston has been in law enforcement for over twenty-seven years. Currently, he is a sergeant with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  As a candidate for Polk County Sheriff, Charleston draws from broad law enforcement experience working in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to working in the largest sheriff’s department in the nation.   He has experienced numerous aspects of working in law enforcement (bailiff in juvenile and adult court; court services; civil; numerous county jails – lineal, indirect and direct supervision; patrol; narcotics; traffic investigations; reserves; hostage response team; training; academy; interpersonal communication instructor; accreditation; transport; sex offender/ protective order unit; court ordered weapon/ammo turn in; transport and security of state and federal inmates to, during and from court; protection of witnesses, victims and jurors; management of personnel; employee evaluations; scheduling; payroll & overtime; fleet vehicle management; coordination of court schedules for state and federal court; coordination for arrest warrants with city, state, county and federal agencies; warrants/no contact orders; personal security; college; military basic training and advanced individual training; two law enforcement academies; one reserve peace officer academy) that provides a depth of experience making him a quality candidate for this office.

Charleston has been married to wife Kellie for over 27 years and has three children – Blake, Brooke, and Bella. Charleston’s wife owns a real estate appraisal company.  They are members of Grace Church in Des Moines where they lead a small group.  He has enjoyed over the years coaching youth baseball, softball and basketball.