Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Fire and Rescue

Founded in 1893, today the department has a total of twenty-two volunteer firefighters and one career personnel. There is a firefighter on duty at the station eight hours a day, with the exception of weekends. The Oelwein Fire Department is involved with much more than firefighting. We do many special assignments consisting of lockouts, storm watches, carbon monoxide, confined space rescue, automobile extrication, farm and industrial rescues, unlocking dwellings, and unusual odors. The two main fund raisers hosted every year are the Omelet breakfast and the spaghetti supper which is held on Wednesday of Fire Prevention week. The money made from the fund raisers is used to purchase fire and rescue equipment only.

Any person wishing to become a volunteer firefighter should contact:

Chief Mike Hillmanfire dept

(319) 283 8166


Chief Mike Hillman, Firefighter Nathan Westendorf

Volunteer Firefighters

Matt Baerg
Chris Brunscheon
Matt Derifield

Joshua Ericson
Michael Fauser, Captain
Betty Haar
Kim Haar

Ryan Haar
Michael Hillman, Chief
Jason Hoveland
Justin Johnson
James P. Lindstrom
Timothy Meaney
Jay Melchert, Captain
Nick Palmer
Jesse L. Paul
Kyle Randall
Justin Ritter
Tasha Throndson
Jim Tuecke, AssistantChief
Mike Thoma, Captain
Matthew Weber, Deputy Chief



#771 - 2020 Pumper - 1500 gmp fire pump, 1000 gallon water tank

#772 - 2007 Pumper – 1500 gpm fire pump, 1000 gallon water tank

#774 - 1999 Water Tanker – 300 gpm fire pump, 2000 gallon water tank

#775 - 2017 Rescue – rescue equipment, emergency lighting, etc.

#776 - 2000 4WD Pickup – 600 gpm fire pump, 240 gallon tank

#777 - 1996 Special Ops – confined space, ice water rescue and high angle rescue

#779 - 1977 Aerial/Pumper – 85 foot aerial ladder, ground ladders, 1000 gpm fire pump




Oelwein has a Mayor-Council form of government with an appointed City Administrator. This is the second most common form of government and is found mostly in in older, larger cities, or in very small cities, and is popular in the Midwest. The Council is elected and maintains legislative powers.

The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and the Council (one council member from each of the four wards, plus two at-large members serve four-year overlapping terms.

City Hall Staff

Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Barbara Rigdon, Deputy City Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brenda Michels, Bookkeeper
Tammy Smith, Payroll Clerk
Bobbie Jo Wedemeier, Utility Clerk

City Hall hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

                                  8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. - Wednesday

 Fee Schedule

Click on this link to view the City of Oelwein Fee Schedule.  

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..” 



Report Property Nuisance Violations

Visit the Oelwein Police Department's website for an easy way to report property nuisance violations in Oelwein. Click on the red tab along the left side of the screen on their website called "Report Property Nuisance Violation" and fill out the form.

Citizens may still call the Oelwein Police Department at 319-283-4311 to report violations.

History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

Contact Us

 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.