There’s a new police chief in the city of Highlandville for the first time in eight years. After more than 12 years serving the city of Highlandville and the last eight years as police chief, Richard Robertson resigned.
“Chief Robertson was a great peace officer and he will certainly be missed by all,” Highlandville Mayor Clint Ellingsworth said. “He will continue as a reserve officer and an advisor to the department. All the city staff, board members and citizens certainly wish him the best in his new job.”
The new chief, however, is not a new face. The Board of Aldermen, earlier this month, promoted Sgt. Jack Weeks to chief.
“As Chief Weeks takes the helm, we are in the process of interviewing all current reserve officers by time served to fill two part-time officer positions,” Ellingsworth said. “We feel this will give the city more hours of police coverage. Since the voting citizens of Highlandville do not support police protection as other cities do with property taxes, it’s difficult to offer benefits and retirement as incentives for full-time positions.”
Weeks was sworn into office as police chief Dec. 18.