FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After 24 successful and impactful years with the Springfield Police Department, Major Kirk Manlove will retire Friday, June 22.
Manlove joined and graduated from the Springfield Police Academy in 1994, and he has served as a patrol officer, a narcotics detective, the public affairs officer, a sergeant and a commander.
As a sergeant, he supervised patrol squads and other units including narcotics, special investigations and crimes against persons. Later, he commanded patrol sections, the support services section, and eventually the Uniform Operations Bureau, making him responsible for all patrol operations in the City. Manlove is retiring as the commander of the Investigations and Support Services Bureau.
“Major Manlove has been an integral part of all the positive changes in the SPD, effectively serving as my right hand for almost five years,” said Police Chief Paul Williams. “Losing that level of expertise in all areas of policing is difficult for our department, and for me personally, but succession planning and grooming future leaders is part of our culture, and I wish him well as he moves into retirement.”
Manlove holds two degrees from Missouri State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in military science, and a master’s degree in administrative studies with an emphasis in criminal justice. He is a graduate of the 246th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 55th session of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
Prior to joining the Springfield Police Department, he received an active-duty commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through Missouri State University’s ROTC program, and later left the Army as a Captain.
Manlove will be honored for his service with a ceremony at 3 p.m. on June 22 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield, and the public is welcome to attend.
Major Kirk Manlove (photo)
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Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Chief Paul Williams