Chief of Police, Mark Mathies
Mark Mathies came to the Edwardsville Police Department as Chief of Police in November 2007, after serving as Chief at departments in Colorado and South Dakota. In December 2009 his responsibility expanded to that of Chief of Police and Fire Services. In March, 2014, he assumed the title of Director of Public Safety, with overall responsibility for Police, Fire, and EMS Services.
Director Mathies is a 1994 graduate of the 132nd Basic Training Class, held at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, KS. A native Kansan, and 1989 graduate of Bennington High School, he attended Kansas State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Project Management from Colorado Technical University and is a Kansas Certified Public Manager. In 2005 he was selected to attend the 222nd Session of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Director Mathies is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Kansas Peace Officers Association, and the Wyandotte County Police Chiefs Association.
Captain, Jeff Short
Jeff Short began his law enforcement career with the Shawnee Kansas Police Department in 2006, and graduated from the 81st class of the Johnson County Regional Police Academy.
In 2008 he joined the Edwardsville Police Department, and has served as a Patrolman, Master Patrol Officer, and Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Division. He has been actively involved in traffic safety programs, received specialized training as a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspector, and works to insure the safe, legal operation of commercial carrier vehicles moving in and around, the City of Edwardsville.
Jeff Short is the recipient of a Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Performance of Duty, and a Commendation for his Life-Saving actions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in Secondary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Administration with an emphasis in Leadership, which he earned from Mid-America Nazarene University. Jeff Short was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in October 2017.
Captain, Sid Mitchell
Captain Mitchell began his law enforcement career with the Leawood Kansas Police Department in January, 1976. Progressing through the ranks of corporal, detective, sergeant, and captain, he was also the department’s first D.A.R.E. Officer.
In August 1998, Mitchell was appointed Chief of Police and served in that capacity until his retirement in December 2006. In 2007, he accepted a position with a company in Washington, D.C., that provided contract services to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. For the next four-and-one-half years he served as their Senior Law Enforcement Advisor and Liaison, working with law enforcement agencies across the country to develop capabilities for detecting illicit movement of radiological and nuclear materials. Realizing he missed the everyday involvement of local policing, Mitchell came to the Edwardsville Police Department in September 2012 as the Assistant Chief of Police.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Human Relations, is a 1991graduate of the 167th Session of the FBI National Academy located in Quantico, VA, the 48th Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program in Quantico, and the FBI Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development program. He also served nine years on the FBI National Academy Associates Executive Board and was President of the 18,000 member international association in 2008.
Captain Mitchell is a Life Member of the FBI National Academy Associates, a member and Past-President of the Kansas/Western Missouri Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, Life Member and Past-President of the Johnson County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association, Life Member of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police, Life Member of the Kansas City Metro Chiefs Association, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations to include three Awards for Valor, Officer of The Year, Lifesaving Award, and the Clarence M. Kelley Meritorious Service Award.
Lieutenant, Clifton Oblinger
Clif Oblinger joined the United States Army in 1984 and was with the Military Police in active duty status until 1987, at which time he began reserve status until 1991. During his years of service he was assigned duty in Korea, Ft. Hood, TX, Wichita, St. Petersburg, FL, and Ft. Meade, MD, with responsibilities as sniper for the Rapid Response Team, Military Police Investigator, and instructor.
Lieutenant Oblinger joined the Lawrence Police Department in 1995, and in 2002 moved to the Mission, KS Police Department where he was one of their Field Training Officers (FTO), and attained the rank of Sergeant. Oblinger came to the Edwardsville Police Department in 2011, served as an FTO, was promoted to Sergeant, and then Lieutenant in 2013.
He has received a number of awards and citations to include two Life-Saving Awards, Bronze Medal of Merit, Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Army Commendation Medal, and the U.S. Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf.
Police Services Clerk, Amanda Holloway
Amanda Holloway joined the Edwardsville Police in December 2013. She is responsible for police records and is the City’s Deputy Court Clerk. She previously worked as a court clerk for the Kansas City Kansas Municipal Court.
Amanda is a graduate of Fort Hayes State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies.