Rusty Ringler began his career in criminal justice with the Iowa Department of Corrections in 1997 working as a Correctional Officer at the Newton Correctional Facility. While working in the prison he served as a K-9 Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and was a member of the facility’s Correctional Emergency Response Team. In 2013 Rusty moved to the Iowa Department of Corrections Central Office where he managed the state’s firearms, defensive tactics and chemical agents training programs.
In addition to his work in corrections, he served as a certified Reserve Peace Officer for the city of Des Moines for 10 years.
Rusty holds state instructor certifications in the areas of Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Chemical Agents, Less Lethal Munitions, and is an American Heart Association Instructor Trainer. In 2013, he was a nationally certified as a prison facility security auditor through the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Corrections.
He traveled to Kosovo in 2018 where he trained Kosovo Correctional Services Emergency Response Team members and Kosovo Police on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
He is responsible for jail school coordination and instruction as well as the coordination of the Iowa Law Enforcement Emergency Care Provider curriculum at ILEA.
Rusty is married to his wife Shawna and together they have 3 sons; Chase, Trey and Nick. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University and completed graduate work at Fort Hays State University.