May 21, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Springfield Police Chief Candidates Announced

The City of Springfield is pleased to announce the selection of four finalists for the position of Chief of Police.

A search committee chaired by Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley selected the finalists from a group of 64 applicants from across the country. City Manager Greg Burris will make a final decision from the slate of four candidates after receiving input from the search committee, employees and the public. The finalists have been notified and are invited for a series of in-person interviews and exercises in Springfield on May 24-25, 2010. In alphabetical order, the finalists are:

Robert B. Dunlap retired from the Detroit Police Department as Assistant Chief in 2008 after 22 years of service. Some of Dunlap’s accomplishments in law enforcement include implementation of Police Community Crime and Safety Empowerment Walks; quarterly Police Command and Community One-on-One interactions; and Mobile Community Police Stations. Dunlap also developed and coordinated the Detroit Police Narcotics Intensity Patrol Impact Teams (NIPIT) Enforcement Initiative, which was the genesis for all of the department’s major enforcement strategies in 2008, culminating in a reduction in homicides. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command; the FBI National Academy; and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University; a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and a Business Certification in Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. Dunlap is currently a full-time Criminal Justice instructor at ITT-Technical Institute. Website: http://itt-tech.edu/teach/list/cj.cfm

Ron Hartman is a Major with the Springfield Police Department. During his 23 years with the Department, he has served in the Uniform Operations; Criminal Investigations; and Support Divisions. His assignments included serving in the Community Services Section; Special Response Team; Narcotics Investigations; and Gang Task Force. For the past two and a half years, Hartman has served as the Uniform Operations Division Commander, and he has served as Interim Police Chief since January. Hartman holds a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice from Drury University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Hartman has instructed on national and international levels for organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Police Executive Research Forum (PERF); and the Department of Justice. Hartman is married with three children. Website: www.springfieldmo.gov/spd

Gary L. Maas is Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Legislative Liaison for the Colorado Department of Corrections. He has previously served as Chief of Police in Sioux City, Iowa and Littleton, Colo., leading both departments through their initial accreditations by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Maas holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver; a bachelor of science degree in Law Enforcement and Criminology from Metropolitan State College of Denver; and is a graduate of the of the FBI National Academy. His professional activities have included: life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; past President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police; past President of the Metropolitan (Denver) Association of Chiefs of Police; and former member of the National Community Oriented Policing Resources Board. Maas is married with three children. Website: www.doc.state.co.us

Paul F. Williams has worked for the Tulsa Police Department for more than 28 years, serving throughout the department in patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments. He has more than 20 years of supervisory experience, and was promoted to the rank of Major in 2003. Williams holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern (Okla.) State University; and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University. He graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2009 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Phoenix; is certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program; and has been a state-certified law enforcement instructor since 1983. Williams is married with three children. Website: www.tulsapolice.org

The out-of-town candidates will arrive in Springfield on Sunday. They will meet with the public, Police Department employees, the Police Chief Search Committee, Leadership Team members and other stakeholders, in addition to taking part in one-on-one interviews with City Manager Greg Burris. The public portion of the candidates’ schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 24:

Public input should be directed to members of the Police Chief Search Committee, who will be on hand at the meet-and-greet session Monday evening. Once a finalist is selected, the City will need to conduct additional required background checks, determine a start date and negotiate terms of employment. An announcement of the new Police Chief is expected in June.

For more information, contact: Collin Quigley, Assistant City Manager, (417) 864-1116; or Mike Brothers, Co-Interim Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

Download a complete profile sheet for all four Police Chief candidates.

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