Chief Chris McPhail is a retired Springfield Missouri Police Officer. He was sworn in as Chief on April 17, 2018. Chris grew up in the Springfield area and was a reserve deputy at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office prior to his career with the Springfield Police Department. Chris Graduated from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, Moore Oklahoma in 1987 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. He graduated from the Springfield Police Academy in 1995. Chris served in the United States Army Reserve for 10 years then served 14 years in the United States Navy Reserve for 14 years. He retired from the USNR in 2016 as a Lieutenant. Chris is married with three children.
He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
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.
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.
Mike started work with us on Wednesday, February 04, 2015. His position was 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.