1. Where do you see the Brookfield Police Dept. in five years?
We will continue with our primary function of ensuring public safety, work to stay abreast of technological advancements in public safety, and take advantage of any training opportunities that become available to us. I have been a member of the North Missouri Drug Task Force since 1988, and I will continue to work with that organization to address the illegal drug problem.
2. What are your goals and priorities for your first year are Brookfield Police Chief?
During my first year I want to get familiar with the budgeting process for the Police Dept. and working to see that we stay within budget. Otherwise, I will be involved in supervising the day-to-day operation of our Police Dept.
3. How long have you been a police officer, and who have you worked for?
I will have been working as a police officer for 30 years in October, and I have never worked for any other department but Brookfield. I used to play softball on a team comprised mainly of police officers back when I worked in mobile home manufacturing. I already knew Dave Hane because we went to high school together and were good friends. I got to know the other police officers by attending the same social functions they did. I had an early interest in conservation as I grew up around the Trimble Wildlife Area around Smithville Lake. I started fishing at age 6 and hunting by age 9. Back when I has hired by the Brookfield Police Dept. in 1982, you had to have 120 hours of training within your first year of employment; I received that initial training at the Missouri Highway Patrol Academy in Jefferson City.
4. How does it feel being in charge of an entire police force after so many years of service?
It won’t feel any different other than having some additional administrative duties. I have been running this department since Dave [Hane] was hired as City Manager. The buck stopped with him as he was still our Police Chief, but I handled most of the day-to-day duties a police chief would address.
5. You have been passionate about drug enforcement. Why is the mission of enforcing laws directly related to drug use so important to you?
I believe that drug abuse is related to most of the crime we fight. Most of our cases have something to do with illegal drugs. People steal, for instance, to support their drug habit.
6. What other legal or public safety issues are of particular concern to you?
Domestic disturbances are so frequent and can potentially be so dangerous for our officers. Those complaints are also very frustrating for us because many of them are repeat offenses committed by the same people.