Meet the Office
Carrie Folkerts began her career in law enforcement with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a Jailer/Dispatcher. After graduating from Indian Hills Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice, she served as a Jailer for the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office until her first son was born in 2001, at which time she began working part-time with SIACC. Just one year later, in 2002, Carrie accepted a full-time administrative position with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Her responsibilities included payroll, budgets, human resource and records functions, as well as filling in on the jail/dispatch side when staffing needs arose.
In 2010, Carrie took the leap and joined the Albia Police Department as a Patrol Officer. Carrie graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, class 234, and received the Klaes award after being voted most congenial by her classmates.
In September 2011, Carrie attended the 80-hour training to become a certified D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor and began teaching D.A.R.E. within the Albia School District. In 2013, she became a certified ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate) instructor. Carrie loves working with children and the D.A.R.E. program was one of her favorite duties while working for the police department.
Although Carrie enjoyed serving her community as a police officer, the scheduling took its toll on her family. In November 2015, she joined SIACC as Operations Manager. In this position, Carrie facilitated fire evacuation training, in-service training, and policy and procedure reviews. She also oversaw the transport division. Carrie was promoted to her current position as Executive Director in April 2016 while she was also attending Buena Vista University. In December 2016, Carrie graduated with summa cum laude honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and minor in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice.
In her personal time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her children (4 boys with ages ranging from teenager to toddler), family and friends, and focusing on her relationship with Jesus.