By Lisa Schlichtman
Long-time Cassville Police Chief Lonnie McCullough has announced his retirement. McCullough will continue serving as the City of Cassville's top law enforcement official until June 1.
A native of Cassville, McCullough has served the city as a police officer since Jan. 1, 1981. During his 28-year tenure, McCullough has held various law enforcement positions, including DARE officer and public education officer. In August of 2002, McCullough was promoted to police chief.
In addition to his law enforcement duties, McCullough has been a devoted community volunteer. For many years, McCullough assisted with Cassville Schools' Hooked on Fishing program and he continues to help guide the efforts of the Cassville 2000 community coalition and Youth Advisory Board.
"Lonnie has been significantly recognized by his peers and professional colleagues during his career," said City Administrator Mike Hayslip. "He is a true public servant who will be missed by all who work with him."
In April of 2008, the city held a special ceremony dedicating the new Cassville Police Department to McCullough. A plaque bearing McCullough's name and likeness is on permanent display in the department.
At the event, Mayor Tracy Holle recognized McCullough for his dedicated service to the community and honored him as the longest serving city staff member in the city's history.
"I hope the community will join the mayor, Cassville Board of Aldermen and city staff in wishing Chief McCullough well as he heads into the next, and well-deserved, chapter of his life," Hayslip added.
The city will begin the process to fill the position of chief of police very soon, Hayslip said. McCullough will assist in the process and the transition to new leadership.