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Police Chief Search

The City of Columbia has selected the following final candidates for police chief. Carrie Gartner, Executive Director of the Loop CID, will be serving on the selection committee and will be able to speak to the needs and concerns of the Business Loop and to the business community in general.

Here are the finalists:

Former Forest Park, Georgia Public Safety Director and Chief of Police Nathaniel Clark
Nathaniel Clark served as the public safety director and chief of police in Forest Park, Georgia from 2020 to 2023. Prior to being public safety director and chief of police, he worked as the interim city manager and chief of police in Forest Park. Before working at the City of Forest Park, he worked as the chief of police at the Fort Smith, Arkansas Police Department from 2017 to 2019, and the deputy chief of the Albany, Georgia Police Department from 2012 to 2016. Clark’s education includes a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Webster University in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Additional professional development includes the following: FBI National Academy Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Boston University, sponsored by PERF Chief Executive Leadership, Southern Police Institute (SPI), Louisville, KY.

Kansas City, Missouri Major Dan Haley
Dan Haley has served as a major in the Human Resources Division in Kansas City, Missouri since 2023. Prior to being a major in the human resources division, he worked as a major in the Research and Development Division, the Logistical Support Division, the South Patrol Division, the Special Assignment Office of General Counsel, Staff Inspection, and as a captain/assistant division commander for central patrol, diversity commander, assistant division commander for north patrol, budget unit commander, employment unit commander, sergeant and police officer. His education includes a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs/Government and Business Relations from Park University, and a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Management Services from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additional professional development includes the following: National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Mentoring Potential CEOs Program FBI National Academy.

Columbia, Missouri Assistant Police Chief Jill Schlude
Jill Schlude has served as the assistant police chief in Columbia, Missouri since 2019. Prior to being assistant police chief, she worked as the deputy chief of police, a police sergeant, and a police officer in the same department. She has been with the Columbia Police Department since 2005. Schlude’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and a Master in Strategic Leadership from Stephens College. Additional professional development includes the following: Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Boston University, sponsored by PERF.

Greeley, Colorado Deputy Police Chief Michael Zeller
Michael Zeller has served as the deputy police chief in Greenley, Colorado since 2018. Prior to being deputy chief of police, he worked as a police commander, a police sergeant, and a police officer/detective in the same department. Before working at the Greeley Police Department, he worked as a deputy sheriff at the Grand County Sheriff’s Office from 1998 to 2001, and the Denver Sheriff’s Department from 1996 to 1998. Zeller’s education includes a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Additional professional development includes the following: Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

The City will be holding a community forum Oct. 18 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 701 E. Broadway beginning at 6 p.m. During the forum, citizens will be able to hear the candidates answer questions about policing. Citizens can submit questions now through Oct. 6 that could be used during the community forum at BeHeard.CoMo.gov/city-of-columbia-police-chief-search. From those questions, City staff and the consultant will determine common themes to identify the topics and questions most important to the community.

Immediately following the community forum will be an informal meet and greet with the final candidates in Conference Room 1A/1B of City Hall. Community members will have the opportunity to speak with the candidates and leave comments that will be taken into consideration during the final hiring process. 

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