The Kennett City Council Tuesday finalized the leadership positions for the Department of Public Safety. The council approved the hiring of Johnny Dennis as Deputy Chief of the Kennett Police Department and David Horton as the Deputy Chief of the Kennett Fire Department. Both men were serving as assistant chiefs. Earlier this year the council formed the Department of Public Safety and named Fire Chief John Mallott as its first director.

About the Chief of Police

The Chief of Police directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of the penal divisions of the City Charter, the ordinances of the City, and the laws of the state and nation for the purpose of protecting persons and property and for the preservation of the peace of the community. The Chief is responsible for testifying before the City Council, the state and national legislative bodies on law enforcement matters of importance to the City of Kennett, as well as proposing new or amending existing legislation which could have an impact on law enforcement.

The Chief leads the Police Command Staff meetings to keep administrators informed about any issue related to the Department’s operations, and to respond to citizens’ complaints or concerns. The Chief also acts on all matters related to disciplinary issues and recommends awards for exemplary conduct of the Department’s sworn and civilian employees.

The Chief also makes presentations to private citizens’ community groups, churches, schools, and the business and industrial community to promote the goals and missions of the Police Department and to solicit their input in making the City of Kennett a safe place in which to live, visit and conduct business.