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Four Kirksville Police Department Officers Promoted to Corporal

Written by on February 6, 2023

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Kirksville Police Department celebrated on Friday, February 3, 2023, as four officers were promoted to the rank of corporal.

Jordan Eddy, Jonathan Novinger, Bill Puryear and Jake Roberts received those promotions in front of family and friends at the Rieger Armory and Community Center. The corporal rank has been brought back to KPD with these four officers.

Kirksville Police Chief Scott Williamson (center) with newly promoted corporals (L-R): Bill Puryear, Jordan Eddy, Jonathan Novinger and Jake Roberts.
(Photo courtesy KPD)

These officers went through a difficult and strenuous selection process. They were evaluated on their past performance and pro-active policing. They also submitted a written exam and answered questions from an interview board.

“My expectation for corporals is that they are the shining examples that all officers aspire to become,” said Kirksville Chief of Police Scott Williamson. “They are the first on the scene and most pro-active on every shift. They are expected to be the calm in any storm and do so in a matter that makes the department and entire City proud.”

Eddy graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2017. He was the top of his class at the police academy during the fall of 2017. He started with KPD in December of 2017. Eddy is a Field Training Instructor, Taser Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor and a member of the SWAT team.

Novinger holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and previously served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He graduated from the police academy and joined KPD in December of 2018. He is a Field Training Officer and member of the SWAT team. Novinger received 12 commendations in the last two years and was recommended for the Meritorious Service Ribbon for lifesaving.

Puryear has been with KPD since 2001. He started his law enforcement career in the U.S. Coast Guard, after which he attended police academy in 1999 and graduated at the top of his class with the highest academic grades ever at the time. He served for two years with the Marceline Police Department before moving to Kirksville. During his time with the department, Puryear has been a Training Coordinator, Field Training Officer, Taser Instructor and Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator. He was a SWAT team member for 12 years, and will become a Firearms Instructor in March. Puryear has received two lifesaving awards, including one where he performed CPR solo for 11 minutes until assistance arrived.

Roberts began his law enforcement career in 2010 at the Adair County Sheriff’s Department. He joined KPD in 2012. He is a Marine Officer, law enforcement liaison to several Neighborhood Watch Groups, a SWAT team member and previously served on the KPD Goals Committee. Roberts received a commendation for exemplary service related to a 2013 homicide investigation and for his lifesaving role in rescuing a child from Spur Pond in 2018.

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