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Chief of Police Steve Lewis, DSN 241

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Chief Steven Lewis is a long time commander and local law enforcement officer in the St. Louis area.  Beginning his career with the City of St. Louis Police Department in 1989, Chief Lewis served until late 1993 where he transitioned to the Chesterfield Police Department.  He served the Chesterfield Police Department for 24 years rising through the ranks to hold the rank of Captain, until taking the top job in Ellisville as the Chief of Police.

Chief Lewis is a graduate of the 236th session of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Chief Executive Leadership Course, a Fair and Impartial Policing Trainer.  He holds the St. Louis University Certificate of Law Enforcement Leadership and Organizational Change, as well as a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lindenwood University.  Chief Lewis also holds a full scope of Emergency Management Training and Anti-Terrorism instruction offered by FEMA, SEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security. 

Chief Lewis is the current Emergency Management Director for the City of Ellisville.  He is on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, sits on the board of directors for the FBI National Academy Associates, as well as for the Crusade against Crime Medal of Valor Board.  He is the past President of the Law Enforcement Officials of Greater St. Louis, and has an ongoing role as the Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Chair for the Blue Angels Air Show.  Chief Lewis holds several leadership roles in multiple other law enforcement response organizations.

Chief Lewis has over three decades of training and expertise in Law Enforcement and Leadership, and is excited about his role as the Chief of Police for the Ellisville Police Department.

 

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Captain Joshua Dawson, DSN 171

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Captain Joshua Dawson began his law enforcement career with the Ellisville Police Department in February of 1998 after graduating from the Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy. Captain Dawson has served as a patrol officer, tactical officer, detective, lieutenant, and now manages the day to day operations of the department. Captain Dawson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

 

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Captain Andy Vaughn, DSN 214

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Captain Andrew Vaughn graduated from Jefferson County Police Training Institute in 2005.  He began his career working for the Pacific Police Department before joining the Ellisville Police Department in 2006.  During his time at Ellisville, Captain. Vaughn has received various commendations to include Officer of the Year in 2013 and a lifesaving award in 2016.  Captain Vaughn has been a member of the department honor guard, tactical team and is currently an arrest and control instructor.  Captain Vaughn was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2017 and currently serves as the Operations Commander.  Captain Vaughn holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Management.  Prior to Law Enforcement, Captain Vaughn served as a Light Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle Crewman in the US Marine Corps.

 

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Lieutenant Jeff Diehl, DSN 189

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Lieutenant Diehl began his career in Law Enforcement with the Ellisville Police Department in August of 2001.  Lieutenant Diehl is currently assigned to Squad D of the patrol division where he oversees daily operations.  His previous assignments include the traffic enforcement unit, accident reconstruction, breath alcohol program, SWAT, field trainer, and the criminal investigation bureau.  Lieutenant Diehl is one of the department’s instructors and holds instructor certifications in firearms, patrol rifle, defensive tactics, active shooter, less lethal and chemical munitions.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, from Columbia College while working full time at the Ellisville Police Department.  Prior to his law enforcement career, Lieutenant Diehl was a soldier in the US Army and Army reserve.  He is also a recipient of the Medal of Valor.

 

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Lieutenant John Connor, DSN 173

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Lt. Connor began his career in Law Enforcement in 1995 when he graduated from the St. Charles County Police Academy.  He initially worked for the Herman Police Department as a Patrol Officer.  Shortly after his tenure with Herman PD, Lt. Connor furthered his career work as a Cole County Sheriff’s Deputy at the end of 1995.  In 1996, then Deputy Connor received the Deputy of the Year award for his exceptional work in community relations.  In 1998, Lt. Connor moved to the Ellisville area and was hired as an Officer with Ellisville PD.  In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Currently Lt. Connor is the supervisor of Patrol Squad C.  He is our training coordinator and has implemented an online training program called “Virtual Academy”.  In his career, Lt. Connor has received 4 Chief’s commendation awards as well as having experience in hostage negotiations, bicycle certification, and traffic reconstruction.

 

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Lieutenant Brian Gillaspie, DSN 206

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Lieutenant Brian Gillaspie began his law enforcement career as a patrolman with the Pacific Police Department after graduating from the Jefferson College Police Training Institute in 2000.  He joined the Ellisville Police Department in 2004. Lt. Gillaspie holds a BA degree from Columbia College and a MBA from Lindenwood University.  He’s a Missouri POST certified instructor and teaches basic recruit classes at both Jefferson College and Eastern Missouri police academies.  Lt. Gillaspie is a member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Missouri State Investigators Association.  He serves as the department’s Computerized Voice Stress Analyst, and is currently assigned as the patrol supervisor for squad B

 

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Lieutenant Kelly Murray, DSN 146

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Lieutenant Kelly Murray graduated from the St. Charles County Law Enforcement Academy in March of 1989.  During his 28 years of service with Ellisville, he has worked with the DEA joint task force and with St. Louis County civil disturbance response team.  Lieutenant Murray has served as a member of the Ellisville Police Honor Guard.  He also served on the department’s tactical team as a sniper/marksman observer and then as the commander of the team.  He is also one or our department’s firearms instructor.  Lt. Murray was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 and currently assigned as the supervisor of Patrol Squad A.  In 2015, Lt. Murray graduated from the FBI National Academy Class in Quantico Virginia.  In 2017, Lt. Murray was awarded the Medal of Valor for saving the lives of several elderly victims of a retirement home fire.

 

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Sergeant Nancy Walker, DSN 121

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Sergeant Walker graduated from The Greater St. Louis Police Academy in March of 1975.  She worked for the Ballwin Police Department before she was hired by the Ellisville Police Department in 1981.  Sergeant Walker has served as a patrol officer, juvenile officer, detective, and public information officer.  In 1989, she was selected to be the department’s first D.A.R.E. officer.  In 2005, she was promoted to Sergeant and appointed the Administrative Aide to the Chief of Police.  Sergeant Walker also implemented the National Night Out, Alzheimer Registration, and Red Ribbon Programs for the department. 

In her current position, Sergeant Walker handles administrative concerns as directed by the chief of police and provides direct assistance to the chief and Captain as needed.  Sergeant Walker assists with the preparation and formulation of the annual police department budget, assists in purchasing procedures, prepares varied reports including the annual police report and department policies.  Sergeant Walker supervises the administrative services and records department clerical civilian staff.  In 1991 Sergeant Walker was awarded “Officer of the Year” for her implementation of the D.A.R.E. program.

 

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Corporal Brian Bardle, DSN 212

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Corporal Bardle graduated from the Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Academy in December of 1998.  He began working for the Normandy Police Department in March of 1999 where he focused his career on training new and experienced Officers alike.  In 2005, Corporal Bardle was hired by Ellisville PD.  He was our sole Motorcycle Officer until the program was phased out in 2014.  He was promoted to Corporal in December of 2015.  Corporal Bardle is a certified trainer and is responsible for numerous subject matters.  Many of his training responsibilities include, firearms training, OC spray, spike sticks, as well as being our firearms armorer and vehicle maintenance Officer.

 

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Corporal George Corless, DSN 207

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Corporal Corless is currently assigned to the Community Policing Unit.  Corporal Corless joined the Ellisville Police Department in February, 2004 and is a graduate of the Eastern Missouri Police Academy. Corporal Corless served 8 years active duty in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman (Fleet Marine Force) and retired from the Missouri Air National Guard in 2013 as a Master Sergeant. Corporal Corless served as the Senior Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Missouri Homeland Response Force for the Medical Element Search and Extraction Team in FEMA Region 7.  Corporal Corless also serves as a Firearms Instructor and commands the Ellisville Police Department Honor Guard. Corporal Corless is very active with the Ellisville Police Department bicycle patrol and enjoys mountain biking during his time off.

 

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Corporal Jim Corbett, DSN 158

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Corporal Jim Corbett has served the Ellisville Community since 1995, where he began his career as a Patrol Officer, serving within the Bureau of Field Operations.  In 2006 he was reassigned to the Bureau of Investigations, serving in the capacity as a Criminal Investigator, until his return to the Patrol Division in 2007.  As it is with all commissioned staff members of the Ellisville Police Department, Corporal Corbett has had the opportunity to assume many various professional roles and responsibilities while affiliated with the agency.  Corporal Corbett is a 1992 graduate of the Eastern Missouri Police Academy and served with two north St. Louis County municipalities prior to his time with Ellisville.  He is currently assigned to Squad A and considers it a privilege to serve the citizens of this community. 

 

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Corporal Corey Smith, DSN 219

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Corporal Smith began his career in 2002 when he graduated from the Eastern Missouri Police Academy. He initially began working for the Pacific Police Department and was assigned to the patrol division and then to the traffic division. There he became a certified accident reconstructionist and joined their multi-jurisdictional SWAT unit, the Suburban Emergency Response Team. In February of 2008, Corporal Smith was hired by Ellisville Police Department and was again assigned to patrol division and then to the traffic enforcement unit. He is one of our certified range instructors, a MACTAC (Multi-Assault, Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities) instructor, and a type II supervisor for the breath alcohol instrument. Corporal Smith was promoted to Corporal and played a large role in the startup of the Ellisville Police Department K9 unit. He was also selected as the first K9 handler for the police department.

 

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K-9 Dark, DSN 240

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Dark is a male Belgian Mallinois born on January 12, 2015 in Slovakia and began basic training in his home country.  He was later selected by Shallow Creek Kennels after showing his drive and meeting their strict standards necessary for police work.  Dark underwent a 6 week basic police K9 pre-training program and was then introduced to new partner, Corporal Smith.   Cpl Smith and Dark partnered for an additional 6 weeks of intensive training.  After training was completed, Dark and Cpl Smith were certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association in the areas of aggression, tracking, narcotics, and building searching as well as obedience. 

 

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Officer Jake Adams, DSN 234

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Officer Jacob Adams graduated from the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy in 2012.  He was hired by the Ellisville Police Department in 2013 and currently serves as a patrol officer on squad C.  He is proud to serve the community of Ellisville and looks forward to a long career in Law Enforcement.

 

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Officer Daniel Best, DSN 243

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Officer Best graduated Hazelwood West High School in 2001. He attended and graduated from the Eastern Missouri Police Academy in 2007. He began his career as a police officer with the City of Bel-Ridge in 2008 and accepted a position with the City of Bel-Nor in 2016. In 2018 Officer Best was hired by Ellisville PD and looks forward to a long career serving the community.

 

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Officer Travis Detring, DSN 222

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Officer Detring graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Ferris State University in 2004.  Along with the degree, he obtained MCOLES certification from the state of Michigan and then relocated to the St. Louis area.  In 2008, Officer Detring obtained his Missouri POST certification from Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy and gained employment with Ellisville as a patrol officer in June of 2008. 

In 2010 Officer Detring received a meritorious Service Citation from the St. Louis County Police Department.  Officer Detring is a certified field instructor and is patrol bicycle certified. 

 

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Officer Zack Dorton, DSN 239

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Officer Dorton is currently assigned the Patrol Division.  He has been with the Ellisville Police Department since July of 2015, after successful graduation from the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.  Officer Dorton earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Valley College.  Officer Dorton is certified as a Crisis Intervention Team member and is also a certified in D.A.R (Drug Abuse Recognition)

 

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Officer Nathan Dye, DSN 235

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Officer Nathan Dye is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has been a Police Officer with the Ellisville Police Department since 2014.  He previously served as the Deputy Director of Public Safety and Title IX Investigator at Missouri Baptist University.  He is also a Drug Abuse Recognition Officer, Firearms instructor, and a police defensive tactics instructor. 

 

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Detective Paul Keller, DSN 194

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Detective Paul Keller holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University. He began his career in law enforcement working as an Administrative Clerk at the Cape Girardeau, MO Police Department while attending college. There, he gained experience in report writing, prisoner processing, and various other administrative tasks associated with police work. After graduating from college, Detective Keller attended the Missouri Police Corp. After completing this police training program, he was hired and began working as a patrolman at the Ellisville Police Department in January 2002. Detective Keller was assigned to the Ellisville Police Department’s Detective Bureau in December 2015 and was chosen as the Officer of the Year for 2016.

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Officer Chuck Kraus, DSN 228

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Officer Charles Kraus III graduated from the Eastern Missouri Police Academy in 2010.  Immediately following graduation, Officer Kraus began working for the St. Ann Police Department as a Reserve Officer and Corrections Officer.  In February of 2011, Officer Kraus was hired by the Ellisville Police Department, where he is currently employed.  Officer Kraus is C.I.T (Crisis Intervention Team) certified, advanced bike patrol certified, and is also a Field Training Instructor.

In 2014, Officer Kraus received the “Officer of the Year” award.  In 2017, Officer Kraus received the Ellisville Police Department Lifesaving Award for a 2012 case involving a new born child who was abandoned outside by his mother.  Additionally in 2017, Officer Kraus received a Chief’s Commendation Award for the discovery, arrest, apprehension, and adjudication of a carjacking suspect.  Officer Kraus is currently assigned to the Patrol Division on Squad D.

 

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Officer AJ Neff, DSN 237

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Officer Neff graduated from St. Charles High School in 2006 and attended St. Charles Community College.  In 2011, Officer Neff attended the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.  Shortly after graduation, he was hired by Pagedale Police Department.  His tenure ended with them when he was hired by Ellisville Police Department in 2014.  Officer Neff is proud of his service to the citizens of Ellisville and hopes to spend his entire career here.

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Officer Joey Nickles, DSN 225

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Detective Nickles began his career in 1998 working for the Monroe Police Department in Monroe Louisiana.  He moved from Louisiana to Columbia Missouri in 2002 where he began working for the Columbia Police Department.  In 2007 Detective Nickles left Columbia PD to work for the US State Department.  He spent 2 years in Baghdad, Iraq training Iraqi Police Officers alongside the US Army and US Marine Corp.  In 2010, Detective Nickles began his tenure with the Ellisville Police Department.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology as well as being one of our certified trainers.  Prior to his law enforcement career, Detective Nickles served for 5 years active duty in the US Navy and an additional 5 years in the Louisiana National Guard as a combat engineer.  His experience includes SWAT, Street Crimes, and is a certified Field Training Officer.  He is our Social Media Coordinator as well as our Taser instructor.  Detective Nickles was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of several training seminars focused around senior crime prevention. 

 

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Officer Josiah Peacock, DSN 242

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Josiah Peacock grew up in a northern suburb of St. Louis Missouri.  He graduated from Missouri Baptist University with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice.  After graduating the Eastern Missouri Police Academy in 2011, he began his law enforcement career in 2012 with the Hazelwood Police Department as a patrolman. During his career with the Hazelwood Police Department he was certified in Police Bicycle Patrol and is a trained Crisis Intervention Team Member.  He has been recognized for his service numerous times through working with the citizens of Hazelwood and in the performance of his duties.  In 2017 Officer Peacock received the “Sean Gollubski” Youth in Crisis Intervention Team Award presented by the St. Louis County “CIT” Program for outstanding service to a young person experiencing mental health crisis.  Officer Peacock was then hired by the Ellisville Police Department in December of 2017 and is excited to serve the community and citizens of the City of Ellisville.  Officer Peacock brings much experience to the Ellisville Police Department and will be great asset to the City in providing community service and protecting it’s citizens.   

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Officer Nelson Saucedo

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Officer Saucedo was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and moved to the area in 2001. He worked at Webster University in the Public Safety Department as an Officer from 2003-2014 where he also earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Computers. Officer Saucedo wanted to transition his interests from the private sector of public safety to the public sector. He was hired and began his career at the Missouri State Highway Patrol training academy in January 2016. While at the academy he earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice conferred by Mineral Area College. After graduation he was assigned to the North St. Louis County Troop C area. Officer Saucedo is currently assigned to the patrol division on Squad D. Officer Saucedo is excited to serve the citizens of Ellisville Missouri, and is passionate about public safety and about safe driving habits.

 

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Officer Ryan Schneider, DSN 233

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Officer Schneider grew up in the Northwest Suburb of Chicago, Il and is certainly not a Cubs fan.  He attended St. Ambrose University where he received numerous accolades for his performance as a collegiate volleyball player.  After Officer Schneider graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, he immediately began working towards becoming a Police Officer by attending the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.  After graduating, Officer Schneider started his career at St. Louis University as a Public Safety Officer.  In 2012, Officer Schneider left SLU to become a police officer with the Pagedale Police Department.  In 2013, Officer Schneider was hired by Ellisville PD and is assigned to the Community Policing Unit.  Officer Schneider focuses on community relations and is passionate about working with local businesses especially working for great causes such as Backstoppers.

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Aimee Brand, DSN 220

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Aimee Brand started working for the Ellisville Police Department in 2008 as the full time Administrative Assistant.  Aimee began her career in Law Enforcement as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher/Records Clerk in July of 1998.  In that time, she has served on the Police Clerks Association board, the Record Retention Schedule board and has trained other records clerks at the Police Clerks monthly meetings.  As the Administrative Assistant at Ellisville, Aimee is the Custodian of Records for the Police Department, among various other duties under the Administrative Support Services Department.

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MIchelle Protopsaltis, DSN 245

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Michelle started working for the Ellisville Police Department in 2018 as a Police Administrative Assistant. She began her career in Law Enforcement in 2007 as a 911 Dispatcher.  Michelle earned her Associate’s Degree from St. Louis Community College and completed her coursework in Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Missouri St. Louis.