Joplin's New Police Chief Makes Changes in Chain of Command

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 04/11 2014 05:25PM

Updated 04/11 2014 08:07PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Just a couple of weeks after taking over as top cop, Joplin's new police chief is making some changes. Jason Burns has chosen Brian Lewis to be the new assistant police chief, the job Burns held before he himself was promoted. Charla Geller will now fill the lieutenant job vacated by Lewis. Larry Swineheart will fill her role as the sergeant in charge of internal affairs. Other changes will affect the front office.

"Another civilian is going to be a full time accreditation coordinator for the department. So that's going to have one person dedicated to crime analysis, which is a big focus for us," said Assistant Chief Brian Lewis, Joplin Police Department. 

Jason Burns became the Joplin police chief on March 28th when Lane Roberts retired after seven years in the position.

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