Interim public safety director Zim Schwartze appointed permanently

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Capt. Zim Schwartze was appointed the Public Safety Joint Communications director Oct. 6. Schwartze has been acting as the interim director after former director James McNabb resigned last May.

As previously reported in the Missourian, Schwartze has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master's degree in public administration from MU.

She has been working for the department for 18 years. In 1991, Schwartze began working at the department as a community service aide and in 1992 was promoted to police officer. She was then promoted to police sergeant, and in 2003 became Columbia's first female captain.

Schwartze was one of four finalists for the director of Public Safety Joint Communications, according to a news release from the city.

She will be eligible for retirement under the police pension plan in two years, at which point she can be reassigned in the police department or retire from the department and keep working in joint communications.


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Phil Wilkinson October 7, 2009 | 4:16 a.m.

Congrats to Captain Schwartze!!!
When I was living on Anthony St. (as an adult, non-student), I would have problems being able to drive in or out of my driveway due to the way the students would park on the street. I finally sent an email to CPD to ask about why no one would put tickets on these cars. The Captain took the time out to email me back as to the why...and she also assured me that patrols would look into my complaint. After a few days went by, she emailed me again to ask if I had noticed any answer was yes.
My point is simple....she does what she says. She showed compassion, professionalism, and respect. In this day and age with all the folks who complain about the local police force, I find it quite refreshing to know that there are still those on the "job" who care...and know what they are doing.
She has been in the local papers more than once and it was always for the good of Columbia...perhaps when she retires she could run for Mayor...

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Charles Dudley Jr October 7, 2009 | 5:02 a.m.

Congratz Zim Schwartze.

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