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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Chief of Police to Retire After 41 Years

Chief Retirement

Creve Coeur Chief of Police, Glenn Eidman, will retire on Wednesday, January 20, after serving the City since 1979.

Chief Eidman has served as a commissioned officer of the City of Creve Coeur for his entire professional career spanning over 41 years and has served as Chief of Police since 2008. During his tenure, Chief Eidman led the department’s pursuit of accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He was instrumental in establishing the award-winning West Central Dispatch Center to consolidate 911 services among Creve Coeur, Frontenac, Town and Country, and Ladue, resulting in improved efficiency and cost savings. He also implemented the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, designed to provide citizens with the knowledge and basic skills for emergency preparedness. Most recently, Chief Eidman led the department’s efforts during the construction of the state-of-the-art police station completed in 2019. 

“Chief Eidman’s invaluable experience and dedication to his profession has made him a respected leader within our community and among law enforcement,” said Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz. “He has led the department to be one of the most progressive police departments in the area, directly contributing to the high quality of service our citizens have come to expect and appreciate.”

Under Chief Eidman’s leadership, the Creve Coeur Police Department has earned high levels of confidence from the citizens it serves as indicated in the 2018 Citizen Survey, with 95% of residents indicating they are satisfied or very satisfied with public safety in Creve Coeur. 

“Chief Eidman has made an enormous impact through his service to Creve Coeur, and to policing profession. It has truly been an honor to work with him,” said City Administrator Mark Perkins.

Chief Eidman’s dedication to his profession extends beyond the City through his service as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Lindenwood University and his involvement on various police and safety boards, including the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, and the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association. In 2014, Chief Eidman was the recipient of the Donald “Red” Loehr Outstanding Police Chief Award from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, recognizing his high standard of dedication and service to his community, department and law enforcement profession.

Police Captain Jon Romas has been appointed to serve as Acting Chief of Police until the permanent position is filled. Captain Romas has served the Creve Coeur Police Department since 1998 when he was hired as a Patrol Officer. He was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in 2015, with recent assignments including Patrol Commander, Public Information Officer and CALEA Accreditation Manager.

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