(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ The City of Columbia has appointed Jill Schlude as its next police chief. City Manager De'Carlon Seewood made the announcement during a press conference on November 15th.

Seewood stated that Schlude was the standout candidate during the search process for Columbia's next chief. Community members representing business, public safety, education and more identified her strong vision for the Columbia Police Department and her ideas for addressing issues most important to residents as reasons why she would be the best fit for the chief.

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Schlude has been with the Columbia Police Department since 2005, serving as assistant police chief since 2019, deputy chief of police, a police sergeant, and a police officer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and a Master in Strategic Leadership from Stephens College. Additionally, she has completed professional development at Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Boston University sponsored by PERF.

Upon accepting her new role as police chief, Schlude expressed her honor and humility at the opportunity to serve her community in this important role. Her annual salary will be $165,000 and she will be sworn in at the December 4th City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in City Hall's Council Chambers.

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