JOPLIN, Mo. —
Joplin’s assistant police chief will succeed Lane Roberts as the city’s next chief, the city announced today.
City Manager Mark Rohr appointed Jason Burns Wednesday morning. In a prepared statement issued by the city, Rohr said, “I believe Jason can and will continue the high performance of the police department attained under Chief Roberts’ leadership. His level of professionalism is evident as we’ve seen during his tenure in the department.”
Burns has worked for the city of Joplin since 1996, starting out as police officer and rising to the current rank of assistant chief in 2008.
Roberts announced Jan. 13 that he would retire effective March 28.