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Boren Appointed Police Chief: In a special meeting held yesterday, the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen formally appointed James Boren to serve as the City's next Police Chief.   James began his employment with the City of Lake Ozark 19 years ago as a dispatcher, and was sponsored by the City to attend the Police Academy. 17 years ago, he began his career as a police officer in Lake Ozark, climbing through the ranks of Corporal, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently as Interim Police Chief.   Regarding his new role, Chief Boren stated, "My goal for this department is to lead it with integrity and best serve the needs of our unique community. We will continue to strive for perfection, knowing it takes work from all of us, but I'm honored and thrilled to be able to lead this department in that direction."

Changing of the guard in Lake Ozark

About two dozen spectators witnessed the changing of the guard as Dennis Newberry took the oath office as mayor of Lake Ozark during Tuesday night’s regular board of aldermen meeting.

Also sworn in were Ward 1 Alderman Judy Neels who was re-elected to her ward, and newly elected Ward 3 Alderman Matt Wright. Dale Hicks, also newly elected, was present via Zoom and will be sworn in at a later meeting.

Newberry defeated incumbent mayor Gerry Murawski in April 6 voting. Neels was unopposed, Wright defeated incumbent Vernon Jaycox and Hicks unseated incumbent Larry Giampa.

Administering the oath of office was City Clerk Kathy Vance.