My professional career began as a police officer with the City of Chesterfield in December 1992. While there, I served as a patrolman and detective and was detached to two task forces. One was the Combined Urban Fugitive Force, which is a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The other was the St. Louis County Gang task force.
For six years, I left law enforcement for the private sector during which time I sold computer software and hardware to corporate clients. It was an interesting chapter in my career and I gained a wealth of technological expertise which has greatly enhanced my law enforcement career.
In 2001, I was hired by the Olivette Police Department. I have served in many roles which include Patrol Officer, Juvenile Officer, Sergeant/Patrol Supervisor, and Lieutenant. In 2019, I was selected to be the Chief of Police. I am honored and humbled to have been promoted by our City Manager, Barb Sondag, and to lead such an incredible group of police officers.
I am currently the vice-president of the Law Enforcement Officials of Greater St. Louis organization. Now defunct, I was at one time an executive board member of the Missouri Police Juvenile Officers Association. I am also a committee member of the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association’s Memorial Prayer Breakfast, honoring fallen police officers. I serve on the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant review committee and am a CALEA onsite assessment team member. Outside of the Department, I am an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice department of the St. Louis Community College.
I hold a Master of Public Administration degree, Cum Laude, from Norwich University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement degree from Drake University. In addition, I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 261, and I completed the FBI’s Gateway Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar in 2013.
I believe that collaboration and networking between City staff and departments, law enforcement agencies and the people whom we have sworn to serve and protect is crucial in order to ensure the law enforcement professional continues to advance.
My wife, Heather, and I have four children: Peyton, Hayden, Piper and Sydney. We enjoy road trips and spending time with family.