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Police Chiefs

Police Chiefs

St. Joseph's first Chief of Police was John Broder. Originally, Chief Broder was from Vermont. He was married and lived in St. Joseph for 27 years until his death on January 12, 1911. Chief Broder was appointed Chief of Police on June 1, 1887 at the age of 56. He resigned on July 8, 1901.

Other past Chiefs of Police are as follows:

William Henry Frans
Appointed Chief: January, 1, 1902
Age: 38
Resigned: February 28, 1909
Reappointed Patrolman: March 25, 1911
Resigned: August 16, 1912
James J. McNamara
Appointed Chief: February 29, 1909
Age: 48
Resigned: September 16, 1909
 
 
Charles H. Haskell
Appointed Chief: September 16, 1909
Age: 42
Resigned: June 14, 1912
 
William T. Gray
Appointed Chief: June 14, 1912
Age: 54
Reduced in Rank: February 2, 1914
Resigned: July 10, 1919
James A. Clouser
Appointed Chief: February 2, 1914
Age: 51
Resigned: August 30, 1916
Thomas D. Moore
Appointed Chief: August 20, 1916
Age: 42
Resigned: June 14, 1920
B. Frank Watson
Appointed Chief: June 12, 1920
Age: 70
Reduced in Rank: February 15, 1921
Retired: June 1, 1925
Clay C. MacDonald
Appointed Chief: February 15, 1921
Age: 64
Resigned: October 21, 1922
 
Hugh Raphael
Appointed Chief: November 21, 1922
Age: 50
Reduced in Rank: September 7, 1929
Died: April 3, 1932
Earl M. Mathews
Appointed Chief: September 7, 1929
Age: 56
Reduced in Rank: July 11, 1932
Resigned: July 11, 1933
B.T. Andrews
Appointed Chief: July 11, 1932
Age: 36
Reduced in Rank: January 8, 1933
Retired: July 15, 1946
Charles Enos
Appointed Chief: February 18, 1933
Age: 42
Resigned: February 18, 1937
 
James E. Kelley
Appointed Chief: February 24, 1937
Age: 57
Reduced in Rank: February 24, 1941
Retired: October 31, 1943
Melvin Claud Swepton
Appointed Chief: February 23, 1942
Age: 46
Reduced in Rank: March 19, 1945
Retired: September 15, 1946
Chester C. Fee
Appointed Chief: March 23, 1946
Age: 60
Retired: February 17, 1947
J. Croy Keller
Appointed Chief: March 19, 1947
Age: 38
Died: August 31, 1952
Harry W. Crowell
Appointed Chief: March 10, 1953
Age: 43
Died: April 15, 1961
Edward C. Burke
Appointed Chief: May 16, 1961
Age: 55
Retired: August 19, 1969
Glenn E. Thomas
Appointed Chief: August 20, 1969
Age: 57
Retired: September 30, 1978
James R. Hayes
Appointed Chief: October 1, 1978
Age: 52
Retired: October 23, 1989
Arthur J. Kelly III
Appointed Chief: May 13, 1990
Age: 46
Resigned: July 8, 1994
Jerry L. Hoover
Appointed Chief: October 13, 1994
Age: 49
Resigned: July 3, 1997
James Montgomery
Appointed Chief: December 8, 1997
Age: 46
Resigned: February 1, 2000
Mike Hirter
Appointed Chief: October 30, 2000
Age: 56
Retired: December 31, 2005