For Immediate Release
On Friday, January 31, 2014, the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners announced the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel Jon Belmar to the rank of Chief of Police. Effective today, Chief Belmar will begin his tenure as the Chief of the St. Louis County Police Department.
Chairman of the Police Board, Colonel Roland Corvington, praised outgoing Chief Tim Fitch for his leadership of one of the finest police departments in the United States. Chief Fitch began his career in 1983 and served in all four of the Department divisions in a variety of assignments and ranks. He was named Chief of Police on June 10, 2009 by the Board of Police Commissioners.
Chief Belmar was raised in North St. Louis County and currently resides in the West St. Louis County area with his wife, Kathy, and two children. Chief Belmar began his career with the St. Louis County Police Department in 1986. He has served as the Commanding Officer of the Division of Special Operations since July 2013. Chief Belmar has held various positions of rank in all divisions within the Department. Chief Belmar has a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Arkansas State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Chief Belmar is an active member of both the Affton and South County
Chambers of Commerce. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Missouri CIT (Crisis
Intervention Team) Council, Chairman of the St. Louis Area CIT Council, and co-chair of the STARRS (St. Louis Area Regional Response System) law enforcement committee.
Chief Belmar stated, “I am looking forward to working with all of the citizens we serve, both in unincorporated St. Louis County, as well as our many contract municipalities. I also look forward to continuing the relationship between the St. Louis County Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the St. Louis County area. I’m extremely excited to lead all of the fine men and women of this Department who protect and serve our community each day in such a professional manner.”
Chief Press Release 1-31-14.pdf