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Administration

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The Administrative Division provides the support activities necessary for the efficient functioning of command and operational elements of the St. Joseph Police Department. They also provide essential complaint investigation services to the public.

The staff coordinates technological improvements for the department, conducts management research services, investigates allegations of police misconduct, manages budgeting and purchasing activities, and conducts policy and compliance inspections.

Rita Ketchem, Executive Administrative Assistant
Rita Ketchem (top right) began her job with the St. Joseph Police Department on October 16, 1995. She serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police and as Office Manager for the Administration Office. The job of the Administrative Assistant consists of assisting the Chief of Police in various functions, budget preparation, making travel arrangements for the department, purchasing and supervising the Secretary in Administration. She is very active with Missouri Special Olympics and was recently appointed as Region 1 Coordinator for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Delores Rockett, Secretary
Delores Rockett (top left) was hired as a part-time employee working in the Records Division, in September 2000, as a Data Entry Operator before she began working full-time as the department secretary in the Administration office in November 2003. Her duties with the Police Department include answering phones and scheduling meetings, performing all payroll functions for the police department and tracking vacation, sick, and holiday usage for all employees. She orders all office supplies and equipment for the department. She keeps track of false alarms for the City of St. Joseph. She also serves as backup to the Executive Administrative Assistant in her absence and assists her with various other related duties. Additional tasks include managing our web site, graphic design, and publications.