Appointed to the Chief of Police in June of 2017, Rusty began his policing career in Lamar in 1998, returning after serving time in Jasper, Webb City, and Joplin.
During that time, Rusty completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Christian College of Kansas, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and completed the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Command College. While serving in Webb City, he rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant, and at the time of his departure from Joplin, held the rank of Captain over the Professional Standards Bureau.
Rusty is married with two children, currently serves on his church’s security team and as a volunteer fire fighter. When asked about priorities, he said his goals were to improve the efficiencies of the department and ensure the delivery of high quality, professional police services to the community. One large goal he has is to address quality of life issues — particularly those that lead to criminal activity.