The city of Branson named a new chief of police.
Jeff Matthews will start in his new position in mid-April. Matthews will take over for Stan Dobbins, who has been serving as interim police chief. He is also the city administrator.
Matthews has 33 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Arlington, Texas Police Department.
“I’m confident Matthews is the right fit for Branson," said Dobbins. "He has shown strong leadership and has a proven track record in quality services to a diverse community. He has strong support from both rank and file and the command staff within the Arlington Police Department and I feel he will continue to move the Branson Department forward in its quest for excellence while maintaining a strong commitment to community oriented policing, focusing on our citizens."
Matthews is ready to get started.
“I’m honored to be selected to serve as Branson’s police chief," said Matthews. "I’m excited to work with our officers and staff to better serve our citizens and visitors. As a Department, we will continue to partner with the community to strengthen our community policing initiatives, reduce crime, and effectively address community concerns. My family and I are looking forward to transitioning to Branson and all the opportunities this great community offers."