Douglas Schaeffler has been named as Chief of Police for the Ballwin Police Department with an anticipated start date of Monday, Dec. 2.
Schaeffler brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to Ballwin. Previously, he served with the Richmond Heights Police Department [1988-present] and held their chief of police position for the last three years.
“We are extremely excited and honored to have Doug Schaeffler join our Ballwin community,” City Administrator Bob Kuntz said in announcing the appointment. “He has a proven history of successful leadership, development, and management skills in law enforcement. His professional experience paired with his firm commitment to community policing made him the ideal candidate.”
The position was left vacant in August after former Police Chief Kevin Scott resigned his position to accept an exciting and challenging position with Metro Transit.
Schaeffler was professionally trained by the Greater St. Louis Police Academy and FBI National Academy. Before joining the Richmond Heights Police Department, he was a police officer for the St. Louis Lambert Airport Police Department. His professional, specialized assignments include Emergency Management Director for the City of Richmond Heights, Accreditation
Manager for CALEA, and Homicide Investigator for the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. He is currently involved in various professional and civic organizations, including the FBI National Academy Associates, St. Louis Area Police Chief Association, Law Enforcement Officials of Greater St. Louis, Life Church St. Louis, and St. Louis County & Municipal Police Academy.
Schaeffler holds a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Central Missouri State University.