POLICE CHIEF Chris Chapmond
Before joining the Bluffton Police Department Chief Chapmond had been employed with the Hot Springs Police Department since 1996.Most recently he was the Assistant Police Chief overseeing the daily operations and managing a staff of 145 employees. While with the Hot Springs Police Department Chapmond had held the positions of: field operations captain, patrol lieutenant, coordinator of the 18th East Drug Task Force and co-commander of the Hot Springs SWAT (Special Weapons & Response Team). For the last eight years, Chapmond also served as incident commander of critical incidents for the Hot Springs Police Department and the incident commander for special events with other joint area agencies. Chapmond said through his experience as a narcotics officer and coordinator of the Drug Task Force, he frequently speaks to youth organizations about the dangers of narcotics and the effects drug use has on the user and his or her family. In addition to public speaking about law enforcement topics, Chapmond is a firearms instructor, professional law enforcement instructor and a CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) instructor. In addition, Chapmond taught part-time for the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute. Chapmond earned a bachelor’s degree in police administration from Columbia Southern University. He also graduated from the Northwestern University’s School of Public-Safety Command Staff School, which is a master’s level course and considered one of the premier police executive classes in the law enforcement profession. Chapmond served in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of the first Gulf War. Chapmond volunteered on the executive board of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police as the Southwest regional vice president. He was also a member of the Hot Springs National Park Rotary and has been active in coaching and mentoring young men in various organizations. He and his wife Elizabeth have three sons.