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The City of Creve Coeur announced that Lt. Jeffrey Hartman has been appointed to serve as the new Chief of Police for the Creve Coeur Police Department at the City Council meeting on Monday, June 28, 2021. Lt. Hartman has been a commissioned officer with the Creve Coeur Police Department for more than 24 years and has been serving as Lieutenant of the Patrol Division since 2017.
His career began with the Creve Coeur Police Department in 1997 as a Patrol Officer, and he has since served in all facets of the department including Detective of the Investigations Division, Sergeant of the Patrol Division and Lieutenant of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Division.
“Lieutenant Hartman’s well-rounded professional experience, leadership, communication and problem-solving skills will enable him to effectively lead the Creve Coeur Police Department going forward and maintain the high level of service which our community expects,” said City Administrator Mark Perkins.
During his 24-year career with the department, Lt. Hartman has demonstrated leadership with more than 10 years of supervisory and command-level experience. His collaborative leadership style is evident in his most recent position as Lieutenant of the Patrol Division where he maintained command of 34 employees, developing a collaborative team environment through coaching and mentoring.
“After a five-month long national search with many qualified candidates, it was clear that Lieutenant Hartman best embodied the qualities expected in a Chief of Police,” said Mayor Bob Hoffman. “His years of dedication to the department have proven his ability to lead with high standards of integrity and his commitment to building community relations, earning the respect of the officers, city staff and citizens of Creve Coeur.”
The recruitment process for Chief of Police included a survey to seek input from the community and staff on what characteristics, strengths and accomplishments a Chief of Police should have. The position was advertised nationwide, and the City utilized a third-party firm, GovHR USA, to conduct an assessment center process with top candidates.
"I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to lead this great police agency,” said Lt. Hartman. “I look forward to building on the great legacy of professional police service that this agency has demonstrated through the decades."
Lt. Hartman currently serves as Deputy Commander of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, partnering with neighboring police departments to investigate crimes in the greater St. Louis region. Lt. Hartman has received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University. He is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy and has received several law enforcement certifications and trainings, including a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Virginia and a Law Enforcement Leadership & Organizational Change Certificate from St. Louis University.
Lt. Hartman will assume the role of Chief of Police beginning July 19, 2021.