Jon C. Maples, a five-year veteran of the Chillicothe Police Department, was named department chief following a 4-0 vote during an executive meeting of the Chillicothe City Council Thursday afternoon.

Jon C. Maples, a five-year veteran of the Chillicothe Police Department, was named department chief following a 4-0 vote during an executive meeting of the Chillicothe City Council Thursday afternoon. City Administrator Darin Chappell announced the pending appointment Friday morning. The official transition date is yet to be determined, but should soon take effect, Chappell said. Maples, 29, is a 2006 Chillicothe High School graduate and has been serving as a Chillicothe police detective since 2014. He received his associate degree in criminal justice from North Central Missouri College and then graduated from the Missouri Western Law Enforcement Academy in 2008. Upon graduation, he was hired as a Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy and then joined the Chillicothe Police Department as a patrolman in 2012. Maples was promoted to detective in 2014. “Although there were several good, and qualified applicants for the position, many from within our own department and from local agencies, the Council strongly believes that Detective Maples’ work ethic, leadership, passion for the community, and exemplary record as Chillicothe’s lead on so many successful investigations will all come together to make his tenure as chief of police one for which the city and its citizens can be proud,” Chappell stated. Looking ahead, Maples said he plans to talk with department officers, community members, City Council members and Administrator Chappell. “I want to get their opinions of what they are wanting and what will best suit the city of Chillicothe and the community,” Maples told the Constitution-Tribune on Friday. He said a priority is to get the police department into the community. “We want to let people know who we are and let them know we are here to serve them.” One way to integrate the department more into the community is to start hosting a regular “Coffee with a Cop” event. “This will give the public a chance to meet me and my officers,” Maples said. “I want us to have an office of transparency and nothing hidden from the public. We want them to see what we are doing.” He said the officers will be vigilant in fighting drug-related crimes. “We’re big on the war on drugs and we are very successful at it,” Maples said. “We want to keep that going.” The Chillicothe Police Department has 17 sworn officers (including the chief), seven dispatchers, an office manager and a secretary. The city administrator stated that he is looking forward to working with Maples. “I know that we, with the guidance of the mayor and the council, can forge ahead, making our police department the very best it can possibly be.” Rick Sampsel has been serving as interim chief since the retirement of Rick Knouse in September.