The City of Waynesville has announced its new Chief of Police.
In a special Waynesville City Council meeting on Monday night, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman appointed Lt. Daniel Cordova the next Police Chief.
“I chose Lt. Cordova because of his experience, because of his professionalism, excellent references, his calm demeanor and his progressive thinking,” Hardman said.
Hardman said the city had 15 “very good” applicants for the job and nine of those applicants were interviewed.
Cordova has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. After graduating from the Los Angeles Police Academy in 1992, he was assigned to the North Hollywood Area Station. While in California, he also worked at a southern California corporation as a senior corporate investigator.
Cordova moved to Missouri in 2006 in search for a better life for his family and attended the Missouri Police Academy at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he graduated as “Best Overall Recruit.” After graduating, he was hired at the St. Robert Police Department as a Patrolman assigned to traffic again and later patrol.
Roughly two and a half years ago, Cordova began working for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, where he served as a sergeant and later patrol lieutenant, overseeing and supervising all of the Pulaski County Sheriff Department's patrol unit.
“It's been a pleasure to work in this community,” Cordova said. “It's been a pleasure to work in St. Robert, in the county, and I look forward to working with the citizens of Waynesville.”
Cordova said that this is the “best community” for his family to live in. Cordova currently lives in St. Robert with his wife of 18 years and four children and plans to move to Waynesville soon.
“I feel honored to be given the opportunity to serve the people of Waynesville,” Cordova said. “I plan to bring a strong, community-based police department forward. I want to create an environment that is safe and pleasant to work in, to conduct business in, and to visit.”
In April, Waynesville Police Chief Bob Carter announced that he would be retiring this year. Carter has been Waynesville’s Police Chief since 2008 and has worked with the city for 24 years.
“As Bob Carter leaves us, I think the Waynesville Police Department will be in good hands,” Hardman said. “I hope that the department embraces him and that the community welcomes and supports Lt. Cordova.”