Thursday, January 5, 2012
New chief starts Monday
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs’ new police chief, James Dean, is set to take the helm of the department next Monday, Jan. 9.
In town recently to arrange housing, Dean said he has 13 years in law enforcement and security. He served as chief of police in New Florence, Missouri, three and a half years and as chief in Rosebud, Missouri, two years.
Dean also was employed as a road deputy and investigator for the Montgomery County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Department and was second in command at Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department in Missouri. He has over five years experience in investigations.
Dean said he saw the chief’s position listed on the Internet and wanted to move south, rather than further north, for the warmer climes.
“I like a small department and to work outside,” said Dean, adding that administrators in very large police departments spend most of their time behind a desk.
He said he wants to function as a policeman sometimes, as well as chief.
At age 53, Dean said he thinks serving as chief of police in Holly Springs is a good opportunity and he would be happy to work 13 more years here and retire.
He said the city has a slightly larger square-mile area than prior cities where he served as chief.
Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice, Colorado Technical University; investigative development and interrogation, Springfield Police Academy; Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Academy; certification in Red Cross, Basic First Aid, CPR, Supervision, University of Missouri; associate in applied science/civil engineering, St. Louis Community College, diesel-gas engine certification, Rankin Technical College; FEMA training in incident command system; basic police leadership; and situational leadership training.
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