Chief Deputies Take Office

The Sheriff’s Office had a swearing-in and a promotional ceremony this morning for two Chief Deputies to serve under Sheriff Lane.  We would like to introduce and congratulate Major Shawn Roth and Major Bryce Schmidt to their new position.  Major Roth will oversee operations, while Major Schmidt will be assigned Jail Administrator duties.


Major Shawn Roth grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois and graduated from East Dubuque High School. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforce...ment and justice administration. He completed his internship with the Dubuque County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office.

Shawn started his career in law enforcement with the Davenport Police Department in 2000. He has been assigned to the patrol division, tactical operations bureau (gang unit), and the criminal investigations division during his sixteen year career. While assigned to the patrol division, he became a field training officer and was assigned to assist with the training of new officers. Shawn also received training in street crimes and criminal interdiction.

Shawn was assigned to the criminal investigation division in 2005 until being promoted to the rank of corporal in 2006. As a corporal, he went back to patrol for approximately nine months before returning to investigations. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November of 2009 and by April 2010 he was assigned to supervise the Juvenile/Sex Crimes Unit. In June 2016 he took over the supervision of the Person Crimes Unit.

Shawn received training in interview/interrogation, homicide investigation, identity theft, money laundering, dignitary protection, incident command, fair and impartial policing, and supervision while assigned to the criminal investigation division. He has also supervised investigations pertaining to cases involving internet crimes and was involved with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). He has received training in ICAC operational and investigative standards, Craigslist investigations, Peer to Peer investigations, and Google Voice training. Shawn completed the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program at the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. Along with a group of stakeholders, Shawn assisted with the creation and implementation of a Juvenile Diversion Program in Davenport.

Over the course of his career Shawn has received several letters of commendation and was named the Jaycees outstanding young police officer in 2008. He is a member in good standing with the Iowa State Police Association as well as the Union of Professional Police Officers. He was elected to the executive board of the Union of Professional Police Officers in 2007 and served as president.

Shawn currently resides in Davenport with his wife Stacy and their three children, Alyssa, Emma, and Jackson.


Major Bryce Schmidt was raised on a farm near Preston, Iowa and graduated from Preston High School. In 1993, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and psychology from Saint Ambrose University. He completed his internship with the Maquoketa Police Department where he also served as a reserve police officer.

Bryce started his law enforcement career as a part-time police officer with the City of West Liberty. He attended and graduated the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1993. In 1994 he became a full-time police officer with the City of Marshalltown, where he served as a patrolman and then later a detective,

investigating domestic abuse and sexual assault cases. He was sworn into the Scott County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Mike Bladel in 1998. As a Deputy, Bryce served as an evidence technician, field training officer, tactical team member, crisis negotiator, DARE officer, and a school resource officer for the Pleasant Valley School District. He also served as the president and vice-president of the Scott County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

Bryce was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and assigned to supervise the Sheriff’s Office Investigation’s Division. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 and spent two years as the second shift patrol commander. He later served as the Administrative Lieutenant, Dispatch Center Supervisor, Tactical Team Commander, and Special Operations Unit Commander. He graduated from the Southern Police Institute Executive Leadership Program in Louisville, KY in 2010 and currently commands The Scott County Sheriff’s Office Investigations and Civil Divisions along with courthouse security, bailiffs, sex offender registry, ICAC program, and the reserve deputy program.

Bryce resides in Eldridge with his wife Jill of 22 years and their two children, Kaitlin and Alec. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.

January 17, 2017