Geoff Jones was appointed Columbia’s Chief of Police on August 5, 2019 and was officially sworn in to his position on September 16. Deep local roots, relationships and understanding are the hallmarks of his life and work in this community.
Chief Jones is a Columbia native who first joined the City’s Police Department as a Cadet at age 15, while attending Rock Bridge High School. As a student, when not involved in school activities or working at his uncle’s restaurant, he volunteered his time to CPD.
Chief Jones earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri in 1997, joined the Sedalia Police Department shortly after graduation and returned home in 1998 to answer the calling he found as a Cadet: serving his community as a Columbia Police Officer.
Over the last 23 years, Chief Jones has worked as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective, Sergeant, Police Lieutenant and Interim Police Chief. During this time he also earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology from Lincoln University and graduated from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association’s Law Enforcement Command College.
Chief Jones is committed to leading the Police Department in a way that is transparent, that inspires trust and that empowers citizens and officers to build a stronger community by solving problems together.