It’s no longer a mystery where Tim Clothier is going.

The former Ozark police chief was sworn in as the next police chief of O’Fallon on May 9.

The O’Fallon City Council made a 10-0 vote to ratify Mayor Bill Hennessy’s appointment of Clothier to the top position in the O’Fallon Police Department.

“I am just so thankful, I’m just so ecstatic, I’m so happy that I was selected to serve the O’Fallon community. I mean, I have been impressed every time I have been here. This is a beautiful, beautiful community,” Clothier said.

O’Fallon has a population of about 90,000 people, more than four times the population of Ozark. Clothier, however, is no stranger to larger cities and police departments, having come to Ozark by was of the police department in Owensboro, Kentucky.

In a short address to the O’Fallon City Council, Clothier acknowledged his desire to work in a larger city after serving in Ozark for three and a half years.

“I feel like the most blessed man, or one of the most blessed men, in the world tonight. This has been a long-term goal working my way up to the size of an agency that I departed from after I retired in Kentucky a few years back,” Clothier said.

Hennessy announced that Clothier has a start date in O’Fallon of May 28.

“He’s got about two weeks to get himself settle. We do look forward to him being the new police chief,” Hennessy said.

Clothier was the final choice after a “nationwide search” that followed the retirement of former O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler. Joachimstaler retired after nearly 50 years of law enforcement on Dec. 7, 2018.

Meanwhile, the search is on for Clothier’s successor in Ozark.

Clothier is credited for taking on a police department in turmoil in 2015 following the resignation of longtime police chief Lyle Hodges. Reviews of the Ozark Police Department at that time found evidence and claims of abuse of working hours, favoritism, nepotism, misconduct by police officers and ineffective management practices.

At an Ozark Board of Aldermen meeting May 6, several members of the board and Mayor Rick Gardner conferred on the opinion that Clothier had overseen dramatic improvements to the Ozark Police Department since 2015.

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