Nixa City Council has named Joe Campbell as the new Chief of Police.
Campbell was sworn in during the city council meeting Monday night.
Campbell had been the interim police chief since September 2018, when council appointed former chief, Jimmy Liles as City Administrator.
Here is more information provided by the City of Nixa:
Nixa, MO – Joe Campbell has been appointed the new Chief of Police for the Nixa Police Department. Nixa City Council voted to appoint Campbell during the February 25 council meeting and Campbell was sworn in during the meeting. Campbell had been serving as interim Chief of Police for the Nixa Police Department since September 2018, when council appointed the former chief, Jimmy Liles, to the position of City Administrator.
Campbell has served the Nixa Police Department for over 16 years. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, accident reconstructionist, SWAT team member, and as instructor in several law enforcement disciplines. He has risen through the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Major. In 2014, Campbell graduated from the Missouri Police Chief’s Association Command College.
“Without a doubt, the Nixa Police Department is one of the best law enforcement agencies in the region and I am proud to say I have been a part of that success,” says Campbell. “I have dedicated my enforcement career to serving the citizens of Nixa and I am honored the Mayor and City Council have entrusted me to lead this organization. We have an excellent group of men and women at the department and I am proud to lead them. I am dedicated to continuing the high standard of service our citizens have come to expect.”
“Joe Campbell is an exemplary leader and law enforcement officer,” says Mayor Brian Steele. “I think everyone knows that Joe is ready to take the helm as Police Chief. He has a great depth of experience. Joe’s demeanor, leadership skills, and relationships with his department and the community are excellent. On top of that, he excelled as interim chief for over 5 months. This decision was a no-brainer for council. We just want him to keep up the good work.”
Campbell, a Missouri native, graduated first in his class from the Drury University police academy in 2000. He began his law enforcement career with the Branson Police Department where he served as a patrol officer for nearly 2 years before transferring to the Nixa Police Department.
In 2011, Campbell was named Nixa Police Department “Supervisor of the Year” and in 2015, he won a community service award for his work with the Nixa Citizens Police Academy.