Police Chief Kinnison Retiring After 35 Years

After 35 years of service with the City of Cape Girardeau, Police Chief Carl Kinnison will retire on July 27.

Kinnison started his career with the Police Department in June 1977 as a part-time animal control officer. He became a full-time police officer in February 1979, and was promoted to Chief of Police in October 2005.

While working as a police officer, Kinnison taught classes as a part-time instructor for 15 years in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast Missouri State University. When he qualified for retirement from the City, Kinnison accepted a full-time position at Southeast.

By accepting the position at Southeast, Kinnison will be able to transition into a new career while still staying within the criminal justice field.

During his career with the Police Department, five police chiefs have come and gone. Technological advancements and computing capabilities changed how officers work on the job, including the consolidation of police and fire dispatching and enhanced 911 services. During his time as Police Chief, grants were received, enabling the Police Department to add new laptops to most police cruisers.

Kinnison has witnessed the increase of safety within the Cape Girardeau community first-hand over the past three decades.

The commitment, passion and service that can be seen among everyone involved with the Cape Girardeau Police Department is one thing he appreciates and will miss.

“Working with the people,” Kinnison answered when asked what he would miss most after his retirement. “No question.”

Kinnison added that he worked with “highly dedicated and committed individuals who helped make our community as safe as possible.”

“It’s the thing I’ll miss most,” Kinnison said.

He will be teaching courses such as criminal law, advanced public administration and criminal investigation at Southeast.

After his retirement, Kinnison plans to spend time with his family and squeeze in a few more rounds of golf.

Post by Amity Downing, Multimedia Journalist
Summer 2012 Intern – Public Information Office