On May 28, Tim Clothier became O’Fallon’s new chief of police. He was sworn in on May 9.
Clothier was chosen following a nationwide search following the 2018 retirement of former police chief Roy Joachimstaler. Gary George served as interim chief during the search.Clothier previously served as chief of police in Ozark, Missouri [2015-19], where he led a team of 33 officers. Ozark is a town of about 20,000 residents. Prior to Ozark, Clothier was with the police department in Owensboro, Kentucky. There, he was part of a team of 110 police officers and 45 civilian staff.
Clothier got his start in law enforcement in Owensboro in 1991. While there, he served as a patrol officer, detective, major case detective and patrol sergeant. He also supervised the department’s narcotics unit, advanced to a lieutenant position, commanded the criminal investigations division and held the position of accreditation manager. Clothier retired from the Owensboro Police Department as a major in October 2015 after more than 24 years of service, before assuming the role of Ozark’s chief of police.
Clothier earned an Associate of Science degree from Owensboro Community and Technical College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in police administration and crime prevention from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and of Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy of Police Supervision and Criminal Justice Executive Development. Clothier is an active member of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates.
Prior to working in civilian law enforcement, Clothier served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, earning the rank of sergeant. He was a military police officer assigned to the White House Military Office. He also served as a presidential security guard for former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.