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Published January 11, 2023

Christiansen hired as new Lake Ozark police chief

LAKE OZARK - In a special session of the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen last Thursday morning, Jeff Christiansen was appointed to serve as the city’s next Police Chief.

He is replacing Gary Launderville who has retired.

According to the city press release:

Christiansen comes to the city with over 27 years of professional law enforcement experience, most recently serving as police chief of Linn Creek.

Prior to his work in Linn Creek, Christiansen spent 26 years at the DuPage County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office, progressing through their patrol and detective divisions and eventually serving as a Sergeant within their civil division and accreditation and training programs.

His professional service includes volumes of experience in training and development, grants, patrol functions, accreditation and supervision.

He possesses a BA and MS in criminal social justice from Lewis University and is a 2012 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

While working for the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, Christiansen also worked as an adjunct instructor at Aurora University for a period of 15 years where he was a founding member of their criminal justice advisory board.

He has worked at the College of DuPage as a GED instructor and coordinator as well. He has also has years of experience as an accreditation manager, trainer, and contractor for a series of coroners’ offices in Illinois.

Outside of his professional experiences, Christiansen is a co-founder of Celebrate Differences, which is a not for- profit supporting people with disabilities and their families.

He has extensive involvement with the special needs community for the past 18 years.

During his appointment, Christiansen stated that he was “looking forward to getting started soon and to continue the work of making the agency better. I am excited to work with the officers, dispatchers, board and department heads to make progress, and appreciate the thorough and well-vetted hiring process.”

Christiansen was unanimously chosen by the board and will be sworn in as Police Chief at the Board of Aldermen meeting on January 10, 2023.

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