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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."

Christiansen Appointed Chief

In a special session of the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen held on January 5, 2023, Mr. Jeff Christiansen was
appointed with a unanimous vote to serve as the city’s next Police Chief.

Christiansen comes to the city with over 27 years of professional law enforcement experience, most recently
serving the citizens of Linn Creek, Missouri as their Police Chief. Prior to his work in Linn Creek, Christiansen
spent 26 years at the DuPage County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office, progressing through their patrol and detective
divisions, and eventually serving as a Sergeant within their civil division and accreditation and training
programs. His professional service includes volumes of experience in training and development, grants, patrol
functions, accreditation, and supervision.

He possesses a BA and MS in criminal social justice from Lewis University, and is a 2012 graduate of the
Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. While working for the DuPage County
Sheriff’s Office, Christiansen also worked as an adjunct instructor at Aurora University for a period of 15 years,
where he was a founding member of their criminal justice advisory board. He has worked at the College of
DuPage as a GED instructor and coordinator as well. He has also has years of experience as an accreditation
manager, trainer, and contractor for a series of coroners’ offices in Illinois.

Outside of his professional experiences, Christiansen is a co-founder of Celebrate Differences, which is a notfor-profit supporting people with disabilities and their families. He has extensive involvement with the special
needs community for the past 18 years, also co-founding the A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop in Camdenton,

During his appointment, Christiansen stated that he was “looking forward to getting started soon and to
continue the work of making the agency better. I am excited to work with the officers, dispatchers, board and
department heads to make progress, and appreciate the thorough and well-vetted hiring process.”
At the meeting, Mayor Newberry thanked the members of the hiring committee that helped to identify
Christiansen as the next Police Chief. Christiansen will be sworn into the role at the Board of Aldermen
meeting on January 10, 2023 at 6:00 P.M.