MARYVILLE, MO – After forty-three years of service in public safety, R. Keith Wood has announced his retirement effective August 3rd. Wood has served as the Maryville Public Safety Director for the last thirty-one (31) years.
Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Director Wood earned his degree in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri University in Warrensburg. He entered the law enforcement profession on June 1, 1977 in Clinton, Missouri as a Patrol Officer and ultimately was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police. Director Wood joined Maryville Public Safety as Director in 1989.
Throughout his career, Wood has earned various honors and professional achievements, including graduating from the FBI National Academy. Under Wood’s leadership, Maryville is consistently ranked on annual lists of Missouri’s safest cities.
Recently, Wood has been instrumental in ensuring a new public safety facility was constructed to serve community and staff for decades to come. Keith is also a member of the Maryville Host Lions Club and plans to continue these volunteer efforts.
“It’s been about the people – staff, citizens, relationship with the community and department – I’ll miss the people the most.” Wood noted.
Public Safety Lieutenant Ron Christian has been named Interim Public Safety Director effective August 4th.
Christian has been a member of Maryville Public Safety since his hire in 1985. In 2017, Christian graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
A public retirement reception will be held on Monday, August 3rd from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Mozingo Event Center.