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Nixa Police Chief James Bacon Announces Retirement

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Nixa Police Chief James Bacon Announces Retirement

By Austin Robertson. CREATED Oct 29, 2013

Nixa's top cop announced today that he's leaving law enforcement after 29 years.

James Bacon joined the Nixa Police Department in 2006. He'll stay on as Chief until November 15th.

Bacon then plans to enter the private sector in Texas.

Details in a press release from the City of Nixa:

Nixa Police Chief James Bacon is retiring from law enforcement after 29 years in the profession.

“I have enjoyed seven years of service with the city of Nixa, and I am proud to say that my last position in law enforcement was to serve as Nixa’s Chief of Police,” Bacon said in his resignation.

“During my tenure at Nixa, we have seen great accomplishments and advancements within the department, and I am confident that the police department will continue to excel and offer exceptional service to the citizens of this community.”

Bacon’s last day in Nixa will be Nov. 15. After that, Bacon will make the move to Texas where he will enter the private sector.

“City Council and I greatly appreciate Chief Bacon’s service to the Nixa Police Department and the entire city,” said Nixa Mayor Sam Clifton. “Without him, we couldn’t have achieved the level of professionalism that we are at today.”

Chief Bacon began his career in 1984 as a reserve deputy for the Jefferson County Rescue in Pine Bluff, Ark.  A little more than a year later he started working full time as a police officer with the Pine Bluff Police Department, where he served within every division and at every rank up to and including the position of Division Captain. 

In 2001, he accepted his first position as Chief of Police for the city of White Hall, Ark., before moving to Russellville, Ark., two and half years later to serve as its Police Chief.  The final chapter of his law enforcement career began in October of 2006, when he accepted the position of Police Chief for the city of Nixa.

“I wish nothing but the very best for everyone in the department, and in Nixa,” Bacon said.