Missouri Western has appointed Corporal Trevor Brown to serve as interim Police Chief after the resignation of former Police Chief Yvonne Meyer.
Brown has been affiliated with Western’s police department since 2000.
“I was a Missouri Western student from 1997 to 2000, I went into the police academy, graduated from the police academy, started with the Missouri Western security department at that time, and went through all of the different phases that our department has gone through- from security, to safety, to police,” Brown said.
Brown said that he shares many views with Meyer.
“Chief Meyer and I had a lot of the same viewpoints on how the department should be handled, how we interact with students, how we interact with the community,” Brown said. “We both would like a lot more involvement with students and a better representation of our department to the students.”
Brown said staffing is a major issue that is being addressed.
“Right now unfortunately, we’re dealing with a lot of the same stuff she was dealing with when she was here- manpower issues, not having enough officers,” Brown said. “We’ve been in the hiring phase for several months now. We’re just not getting the applicants that we used to, but it seems to be a statewide problem, not just a Missouri Western problem. But we have interviews set for next week, so hopefully we can get a few hired and be on the mends.”
“Competition is an issue, but you’re in northwest Missouri, so who do you compare to? The city of St. Joseph has been working really hard on getting higher pay for officers in hopes of getting more officers,” Brown said.
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Marketing Kent Heier said that Meyer resigned to take a position closer to her family in Illinois.