Contact: Officer Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer
Deputy Chief Jill Schlude
Assistant Chief John Gordon
On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Chief Burton announces the following promotions:
Assistant Chief of the Operations Bureau Jill Schlude to the rank of Deputy Chief. Schlude has been with the department for 9 years. She is replacing retired Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard. Schlude was hired as a patrol officer in 2005 where she worked the midnight shift, primarily in Downtown and East Campus. She was also a member of the Forensic Evidence Team and a Patrol Rifle Operator. In 2009 Schlude (then Wieneke) received the Molly Thomas-Bowden Officer of the Year award. Schlude was chosen as the Public Information Officer in 2010, and also received the Columbia Rotary-South Outstanding Police Officer Award. In 2011 she was promoted to Sergeant of the newly formed Public Relations Unit. As head of the Public Relations Unit Schlude was responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with the media as well as communicating with the community to build trust. Schlude was promoted to Captain/Assistant Chief of the Operations Support Bureau in 2012. Schlude received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College in 2007. Schlude is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership at Stephen's College and will be attending the Police Executive Research Foundation's (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University in June of 2014.
Lt. John Gordon, Third Shift Patrol Lieutenant, to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Operations Bureau (Patrol). Gordon was hired by the Columbia Police Department as a patrol officer in 2000. During his time on Patrol, Gordon was a Field Training Officer for four years, member of the Firearms Committee, Forms Committee, Strategic Planning and Policies Group. As an officer, he developed a department wide recycling program and was involved in drafting the McDuffy Report reference a TASER usage. Gordon was promoted to Sergeant in 2008. As a Sergeant, Gordon drafted policy and is currently an instructor in numerous disciplines, mainly force related. Gordon proposed and conducted a department wide audit of firearms, and currently in charge of the Armory Group. Gordon has managed, organized and executed the use of TASERS within the department. Gordon was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 on third shift. Gordon has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from William Woods University.
Sergeant Jeremiah Hunter, Street Crimes Sergeant, to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Operations Support Bureau. Hunter was hired by the Columbia Police Department as a patrol officer in 2005. During his time on patrol he worked primarily on third shift and was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). In 2013, Hunter was promoted to Sergeant on patrol as well as the Street Crimes Unit. Hunter is a team leader on the SWAT team. Hunter is a Captain in the United States Army Reserve and currently serves as company commander of the 348th Military Police Company in Ames, Iowa. Hunter has a an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Missouri Southern State University. Hunter has a Master's of Business Administration from William Woods University.
Sergeant Jason Jones, Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant, to the rank of Lieutenant of Third Shift Patrol. Jones was hired by the Columbia Police Department in 2000 as a narcotics officer and moved into patrol from 2001 to 2006. Jones was a Field Training Officer and a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) from 2004 to 2009. Jones was selected as a detective in the Major Crimes Unit in 2006. During his time in Detectives, he worked on the Forensic Evidence Team. Jones was promoted to Sergeant of Patrol in 2009. As a Sergeant, he has worked in the Internal Affairs Division and Operation Support Bureau. Jones has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Central Missouri and Master's Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Lincoln University.
Officer Bob Dochler, Accreditation Manager, to the rank of Sergeant as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police. Dochler was hired by the Columbia Police Department in 2000. Dochler spent seven years on patrol mainly working the midnight shift. Dochler was selected as a detective from January 2008 to September of 2013 in the Domestic Violence Unit. In September 2013, Dochler took over as the Accreditation Manager working on Policy and Procedures and preparing the department to obtain CALEA accreditation. In addition to these assignments, Dochler has been a patrol rifle operator, Field Training Officer and Forensic Evidence Team Member. Dochler currently is still an active Computer Voice Stress Analysis operator and a member of The Mounted Patrol Unit. Dochler has a Bachelor's Degree in Science in Agriculture and Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Officer Chris Boyle, first shift Patrol, to the rank of Sergeant in Operations Bureau (Patrol). Boyle's specific shift and beat assignment is yet to be determined. Boyle was hired by the Columbia Police Department in 2002. He has worked in the patrol division for 10 years and as a detective in the Operations Support Bureau for two years. During his time on patrol and in detectives, he was a member of the Crisis Intervention Team, a Field Training Officer and a member of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad. Boyle has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.
Detective Michael Youtsey, Domestic Violence Detective in the Operations Support Bureau, to the rank of Sergeant. Youtsey's specific assignment is yet to be determined. Youtsey was hired by the Columbia Police Department in 1998. He worked primarily on first shift patrol from 1998 to 2010. During his time on patrol, he was on the Crisis Intervention Team, less lethal operator, and patrol rifle operator. Youtsey has been a Firearms Instructor for the last six years. From 2010 to 2013, he was the report review officer reviewing and approving all reports for the department. In February of 2013, he became the Downtown Unit's day shift officer and in September of 2013 he was selected as a detective with the Domestic Violence Unit in the Operations Support Bureau. Youtsey has an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.
The promotions are effective as of Sunday, June 1, 2014. As a result of these promotions Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations Brian Richenberger will transfer to the Administrative Support Bureau, replacing retired Assistant Chief Shelley Jones. The promotions ceremony will be on Monday, June 2, 2014 with the time and place to be announced at a later date. If you would like to interview a specific person please contact them by email (addresses are listed below) to schedule with them individually in order to work around their busy schedules and get you the information you need as quickly as possible.