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Media Contact:
Michele Hall, Boone County Commission Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (573) 886-4312

Boone County hires Scott Shelton as new Director of 911 Communications

February 9, 2015

The Boone County Commission is pleased to announce Scott Shelton will serve as the new Director of 911 Communications. Scott will be starting with Boone County on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Boone County will host a public reception to introduce Scott on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 3:00PM until 4:30PM in the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center Commission Chambers. Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill will open with remarks at 3:30PM.

Scott is a native of Columbia and has recently returned to his hometown after a 36 ½ year career in law enforcement that began in Columbia and then took him first to Kansas City, Missouri, and then to Greenville, North Carolina.

Scott began his career in August 1976 as a police officer with the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) Police Department. The MU police department consists of both a professional police force and a 9-1-1 communications center. Scott was promoted to Sergeant in May 1978, where he first served in the patrol division and then was assigned to the Chief's office in charge of administrative services. This position was responsible for budgeting, planning, recruitment, FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, special reports, research and supervision of the student community service officer program.

Scott was promoted to Captain in May 1981, where he served in a variety of capacities including Patrol and Administrative assignments. Major highlights included leading the community and problem-oriented policing initiative for the department and assisting in the process of law enforcement accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc, (CALEA). Scott also served as interim Chief of Police for the MU Police Department from December 1996 through June 1998.

In 2001, Scott was appointed Chief of Police for the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). UMKC also has both a professional police force and a 9-1-1 communications center. At UMKC, Scott led his department through the law enforcement accreditation process through CALEA. Under Scott's watch, the department became an accredited agency in December 2004.

In March 2008, Scott was appointed Chief of Police of East Carolina University, located in Greenville, North Carolina. At ECU, Scott provided leadership, administration and management for a full-service professional police department and 9-1-1 communications center in order to achieve their public safety and security vision, mission, goals and objectives. The men and women of the ECU Police Department committed themselves to the achievement of their goals and objectives with a focus on the mission to serve their stakeholders and users, internal as well as external.

Scott led the ECU police department through the law enforcement re-accreditation process with CALEA. Through that process all of the policies and procedures of the department were thoroughly reviewed and, at the conclusion of that review, the assessors determined there were no deficiencies in department policies and procedures and all operational standards were used according to policy. This was an outstanding achievement and recognition made possible by the dedication of the personnel within the department.

Scott is a graduate of the 147th session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI Central States LEEDS class, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Organizational Leadership for Executives.

Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Columbia College, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.