Paul Hermsen
Laboratory Administrator

Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory

Paul Hermsen is the Crime Laboratory Administrator for the Iowa DCI Crime Laboratory located in Ankeny, IA, a full-service ISO 17025 accredited forensic laboratory.  He has served in various capacities at the crime laboratory since 1998 including performing casework in drug chemistry, providing scene response for both crime scene and clandestine laboratories, and providing supervision for multiple areas of the laboratory including toxicology, breath alcohol, and evidence functions. Additionally, he served as the Quality Assurance Manager from 2006-2022, leading the laboratory through various iterations of accreditation programs.

Mr. Hermsen is a past-president of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, Inc. (MAFS) and continues to serve on several committees, having also served as a meeting chair and local host for two annual MAFS meetings. Additionally, he is a technical assessor for ANAB in the areas of seized drugs and scene investigation.

Paul holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa and a Certified Public Manager certificate from Drake University.