Nixa has removed the interim title from Joe Campbell and named him the official new Chief of Police for the city.
Campbell has been acting as interim chief since September 2018 when former Chief Jimmy Liles was appointed the City Administrator for Nixa.
Campbell has been part of the Nixa police department for 16 years. He began as a patrol officer and worked through the ranks to be a detective, accident reconstructionist, SWAT team member and instructor. A 2014 Graduate of the Missouri Police Chief Association’s Command College, Campbell rose through the ranks to become a Major before promotion to Chief.
“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,” Campbell said in a statement. “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.”
Campbell is a Missouri native who graduated first in his class at the 2000 Drury University police academy. After two years serving in Branson, he moved to the Nixa department. He won the 2011 Nixa Police Department “Supervisor of the Year” award and a community service award for his work with the Nixa Citizens Police Academy.
“Joe Campbell is an exemplary leader and law enforcement officer,” Mayor Brian Steele stated. “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.”