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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."

New Highway 54 interchange map guides the way

The Highway 54 interchange opened Wednesday, April 21, but any time there is change there is a little confusion – especially for motorists wanting to go to Osage National.

The four-way signaled intersection no longer exists. Now, there are exit ramps for both eastbound and westbound traffic wanting to go to Osage National. 

Please refer to the map for clarification. For reference, Eldon is toward the left and Osage Beach is to the right. Osage National is out of sight in the upper righthand corner of the map.

Westbound motorists will exit on the appropriate ramp, then follow the arrows and signage through two roundabouts. Follow the arrows around newly constructed roundabouts to Osage Hills Road. 

Eastbound motorists will take the exit ramp, go through one roundabout and then onto Osage Hills Road.

Motorists wanting to access Bagnell Dam and Lake Ozark can take the appropriate exit ramps, follow arrows and signage through the roundabout.

Again, please refer to the map. 

Just remember: Don’t anticipate turning where the traffic signals were located. They are gone.