Chief David Vallely is a retired Springfield, Missouri police officer and trainer. He was sworn in as chief on Tuesday June 21, 2005. David grew up in Springfield and has worked in Mt. Grove, Ava, and El Dorado Springs prior to his law enforcement career. He is a graduate of Drury University and the Springfield Police Academy. David is married to Christine and they have three grown children. He enjoys woodworking and reading non fiction books. Mr. Vallely is set to retire the end of April and the new Police Chief Chris McPhail will take over the department at that time.
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Marilyn Horn is the Administrative Assistant for the Battlefield Police Department. She is a native of Springfield, Missouri. She has held numerous administrative positions both in Missouri and Ohio in the medical equipment field. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, decorating and spending time with her husband and two adult sons.
Sgt. Steve Carpenter graduated the Drury University Police Academy in 1998. In 1999 he started his law enforcement career in Battlefield as a reserve officer for six months. He then became a reserve deputy with the Greene County Sheriff’s department for almost three years. While working as a reserve officer Sgt. Carpenter was the Loss Prevention Supervisor for Bass Pro Shops for five years. He then became a full time Police Officer for the City of Battlefield in October, 2004. Sgt. Carpenter is married with three daughters.
Officer Cynthia Garton grew up in Willard and graduated from Willard High School. She graduated from the Drury University Law Enforcement Academy in May, 2007 and worked for Christian County Sheriff’s Department for two years. Cynthia has also been a reserve officer with the Indian Point Police Department. Previously, she was a dispatcher for the Springfield Police Department which is what prompted her to further her career in law enforcement. She enjoys camping, swimming and being outdoors as much as possible.
Brent Armstrong grew up in Lebanon and has lived in Nixa for the last sixteen years. He graduated from the Drury Law Enforcement Academy in 2005. Prior experience includes the Chief of Police for the Village of Indian Point for five years and reserve officer for the cities of Miller and Ozark. Brent also worked for St Johns ambulance in Springfield as an EMT for fifteen years. His hobbies include camping and riding motorcycles.
Meet Gary Dove, our newest police officer. After Serving over seas for six years in the US Navy, he returned to his hometown of Willard, MO in December of 2004. His career in law enforcement began at the Greene County Jail in February of 2005. After serving there he worked for Christian County for a period of time while he completed the police academy. He graduated in 2006 and began a patrol career at the Willard Police Dept. in 2007. He earned the Willard Police Officer of the year in 2009 and served until June 2011. He has been married 11 years.
Officer Andrew Cooley grew up in the woods of Wright County, Missouri, where he graduated from Mansfield High School in 2010. Immediately after graduation, he left to serve in the US Army, being stationed in Hawaii. Officer Cooley served a total of four years, with one of those years being in Afghanistan. He graduated the Drury Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2016 after working for a year with Wright County Sheriff’s Office as a Jailer. He then took a position as a Reserve Deputy with Webster County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for eight months.
Shannon Marler grew up in Springfield. He graduated from the Drury Law Enforcement Academy in 2006. Prior experience includes working as a reserve deputy for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and as a police officer for the past two years for the city of Willard. Shannon’s hobbies include airbrushing and graphic arts.
Welcome Mike Payne as our newest police officer. He started work with us on Wednesday, February 04. His position is being added as the result of the half cent sales tax that passed in 2011. As anticipated we have added an officer about every year.
Mike attended the Sheriff’s Association Police Academy in 2002 and worked as a reserve officer for the Fair Grove Police Department in 2003. Mike also worked as a commissioned Security officer for Cox Health System until he was hired at the Willard Police Department in March of 2004. Mike is married and has two children. Among his certifications he is a firearms instructor teaching the carrying concealed courses and a training officer in the use of breath testing instruments.
Jim Anderson has joined the City of Battlefield as our part time abatement officer. His time will be dedicated to enforcing the City’s health ordinances. Jim graduated from the Missouri State Law Enforcement Academy in 1984. He then graduated from the Southeast Missouri Sate Advanced Law Enforcement Academy in 1992. Jim started working for the Missouri Department of Public Safety as Regional Supervisor in 1980 and retired in 2003. He then worked for the Springfield School Police Services from 2003 to June of this year. Jim is married and has one daughter and a granddaughter.