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Matthew Stewart Promoted to Joplin Police Chief

Matthew Stewart
City of Joplin

The city of Joplin has promoted Matthew Stewart to chief of police, effective March 2. City Manager Sam Anselm announced the appointment Wednesday.

Stewart is currently Joplin’s assistant chief of police. He started as a police officer with the city in 2000, moving up through the ranks to hold numerous leadership roles. His current responsibilities have included daily operations of the department as well managing its budget.

Stewart will succeed current Police Chief Jason Burns, who recently announced his retirement after 20 years of service. March 1 will be Burns’ last day.

According to a news release, Stewart held the rank of captain and served as commander for the Special Enforcement Bureau from 2011-2014. Prior to that he served as police sergeant. In addition, Stewart has held responsibilities as a training sergeant; internal affairs sergeant and investigations sergeant and SWAT team member.

“Throughout his career, Stewart has exemplified solid leadership and customer service skills necessary for a top law enforcement official,” said Anselm. “He brings a great deal of experience to the position and will continue to uphold the department’s mission in serving and protecting the public.”

Stewart is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy Session #256 and has received numerous certifications in law enforcement services and criminal justice. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Southern State University and Southeast Missouri State University. He received his Bachelor and Associates degrees from MSSU. He is a member of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and FBI National Academy Associates. He has served as a Fundraiser Chairman with United Way and was on the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Joplin Steering Committee.