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Kennedy to be next Neosho Chief of Police

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Lt. David Kennedy, also served in the Navy Reserve for 8 years. Lt. David Kennedy, also served in the Navy Reserve for 8 years.
NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

The City of Neosho is pleased to announce the hiring of Neosho Police Lt. David Kennedy as Neosho Chief of Police.

Kennedy will succeed Chief David McCracken, who is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years of service with the City of Neosho.

Kennedy has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, including 16 years with the City of Neosho. He has climbed up the department ranks, from patrolman to lieutenant, and now chief of police.

In addition to his career as a law enforcement officer, Kennedy served his country for eight years in the United States Navy Reserve, and was deployed for a 14-month tour in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Iraq, Kennedy was an assistant convoy commander for his battalion.

“After a thorough interview process with a panel of interviewers from within the city and from other jurisdictions, we have selected David Kennedy as the new Neosho Chief of Police,” stated Neosho City Manager Troy Royer. “I am pleased to make that announcement, and look forward to working hand in hand with David to continue to improve the services of the City of Neosho.”

Kennedy, 42, was born in Springfield, Missouri and raised in Strafford, Missouri a town of around 2,000 people at that time. He grew up in the country and says he has always enjoyed outdoor sportsman activities.

Kennedy started his law enforcement career in 1993 as a reserve deputy marshal for the Noel Police Department. It was at Noel that he decided to make law enforcement a full-time career. He served in the Noel and Lanagan Police Departments from 1993 to 1995, and in October of 1995 he accepted an officer's position with the Cassville Police Department, quickly rising to corporal.

In November 1998, Kennedy began his service as a police officer for the City of Neosho, where he had previously lived for two years, and has now resided for 16 years. He advanced to corporal in July 2002, and then to sergeant in 2007, while helping build the department and lead officers. Kennedy was promoted to his current rank of lieutenant in December 2012, effectively becoming second in command of the department. He will assume his new duties as Neosho Chief of Police on January 1.

“I am truly honored to be afforded this opportunity to serve the citizens of Neosho,” Kennedy said. “This has always been my ultimate goal to lead a department of officers, and this is an excellent department of officers I have the privilege to lead.”

Kennedy follows in the footsteps of Police Chief David McCracken, who has served the City of Neosho in that capacity since 1994. Before then he had served in the Joplin Police Department since 1970.

During McCracken's term he completely changed the operations of the Neosho Police Department. McCracken brought in new Global Records management software, along with on-board computers for the Patrol Division. McCracken was also the first police chief in the State of Missouri to introduce mobile ticketing software with on-board license scanning.

In October 2013, McCracken was awarded the Medal of Valor and Life Saving Award for his heroic actions when hostages were taken after a shooting at a local church.

“I am very much honored to have had the opportunity to serve my home town for the last twenty years as their Chief of Police,” McCracken stated. “I started my police career in Joplin where I served 23 years. It was always my dream to return to Neosho to finish my work career in the place where I was born and educated. During the last 20 years I have enjoyed the community and its residents, and have been proud to lead police services and safety. I plan to continue to be a part of the community. As I have said many times I would not change a thing about the way my life has turned out.”

McCracken, who was part of the panel that helped pick his successor, said that Kennedy was “an excellent selection” as his replacement.

“David has served as second in command of the department and has more than 21 years of law enforcement and management experience,” McCracken said. “Most importantly, David is a long time member of the community and has the ability not only to be Chief of Police, but also to understand the type and quality of policing our citizens require. I wish him well and know our police department will be the best it can be with him in the leadership position.”

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