Lueckenhoff gets new job with state police

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cassville man who spent time in Ferguson starts new position

A former member of the patrol in Troop D, stationed in Barry County, Cpl. John Lueckenhoff recently moved to a new position, at the Troop D Service Center in Carthage, as a public information and education officer.

In his new position, which he said is not a promotion, but a lateral move, he will be responsible for putting on programs and demonstrations at area schools, on topics like drunk driving, texting while driving, drug abuse and more, and he will handle calls from the media as well.

"I'm in charge of media relations in the western part of the state," he said. "Previously, I was the assistant zone [14] supervisor for Barry County, and while I will now focus on education and public relations, I'm still a trooper and will still be on the road."

Lueckenhoff, who will celebrate his 20th year with the Missouri Highway Patrol on July 1, recently went to Aurora High School to do a seat belt education presentation, which he said he enjoyed.

Lueckenhoff did do some work outside of Troop D, as he was called to help in the city of Ferguson when protests and rioting broke out after the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Lueckenhoff was in Ferguson four times for a total of 25 days between August and the end of November 2014. He said he was not at liberty to discuss the experiences, and those questions would have to be directed to the state office in Jefferson City.

Lueckenhoff's new appointment was made by Cpt. Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D. He will be one of two public information officers assigned to the 18-county Troop D region.

Lueckenhoff was born in Jefferson City, and in 1988, graduated from Greeley West High School, in Greeley, Colo. In 1989, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served until 1995. In 1999, he graduated from Mineral Area College, Park Hills, Missouri, with an associate's degree in criminal justice.

Lueckenhoff was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1995, as a member of the 70th Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City, he was assigned to Troop D, serving in Barry County.

While in that assignment, he was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2005. Lueckenhoff and his wife, Wendy (Hall), are the parents of three children: Jessica, Bradley, and Jordan Bailey. Lueckenhoff is the nephew of retired Patrol Sgt. James R. Temmen, of Folk.

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