About Me

Jerald Smithey
Licensed Private Investigator

With over 23 years of investigation experience and 8 years of law enforcement-related work, I offer a range of investigative skills to pair with a commitment to meeting my clients’ needs.  Professional, discreet and confidential work is the goal for my clients, who include attorneys, businesses large and small, and individuals. No job is too small, but each job is important and warrants extraordinary attention to detail. My work has extended throughout Iowa and the entire Midwest, as well as to the coasts of the United States throughout the years.Free consultations are provided about how I might help you with your unique case.

I could provide testimonials about work that has resulted in acquiring information to assist in settling a civil case; or effort that contributed to the dismissal of criminal charges or reduction of the charges against a defendant; references to money saved by corporations through the discovery of crucial information through locating and interviewing significant witnesses or even through surveillance.  It is most important that we talk to discuss your specific case and how I might contribute to the best outcome for you!

Iowa Association of Private Investigators (IAPI) member


Areas of Specialty



Criminal Investigations

Insurance Investigations/Personal Injury

Process Service


Witness Location and Interviews/Statements


Skip-tracing Nationwide

Civil Investigations

Child Custody/Abuse

Worker Compensation

Cedar Rapids


Mason City

Iowa City

Des Moines



Council Bluffs



Sioux City


I travel all over the Midwest to serve clients in many locations, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque, Des Moines, Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Mason City, Ames, Ottumwa, Fairfield, Burlington, Keokuk, Fort Madison, Marshalltown, Decorah, Spencer, Clinton; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Chicago, Illinois; Rock Island, Illinois; Peoria, Illinois; Omaha, Nebraska; Kearney, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri.




Licensed Private Investigator, 23 years as agency owner; insured and bonded.
Criminal defense investigations and civil investigations, privately retained by clients and/or their attorneys, worker compensation, and authorization by Federal and State Courts as a criminal defense investigator.

Drug Offenses

Child Custody



Sexual Abuse


Identity Theft

Personal Injury


Past Experiences

  • Probation Officer, Johnson County, Iowa
  • Counselor, Purdy Treatment Center for Women
  • U.S. Army Personnel Specialist and Chaplain Assistant Honorably Discharged
  • Foster Care Review Board, Johnson County, Iowa, 15 years

Education and Training

  • Licensed Private Investigator in Iowa since 1991
  • Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation training
  • BA, University of Northern Iowa, with additional course work through the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota

Contact Details

PO Box 1645, Iowa City, IA 52244


Please call me for a free, confidential consultation at (319) 331-1155.