Command Staff

Meet the Commanders

Each Community we serve has their own Commander assigned to them.  Each Commander is responsible for ensuring the needs of their assigned Community is met with the highest standards.  The Commander meets regularly with the Mayor and Board of their community.  The NCPC deploys in each community exactly to their needs.  

Chief of Police
John E. Buchannan

Chief John Buchannan was sworn in as Chief of Police of the North County Police Cooperative in September of 2018. Prior to becoming Chief of Police, Chief Buchannan graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. After graduating High School, Chief Buchannan worked as a turnkey at the Beverly Hills Police Department until he turned 21.  Chief Buchannan then attended and graduated from the Jefferson County Community College and the Police Academy in 1995. Upon his graduation, Chief Buchannan was appointed as a sworn officer with the City of Beverly Hills. During his 24 years with the Beverly Hills Police Department, Chief Buchannan rose through the ranks and eventually was appointed Chief of Police in 2013.

During his tenure at the Beverly Hills Police Department, Chief Buchannan was heavily involved with the Community. Chief Buchannan started a Police Explorer Post and a community basketball league where he was the mentor for many youths that participated in the programs. Chief Buchannan also spent 20 years in the Normandy School District working as a security officer\SRO within the district’s footprint. Chief Buchannan also started a neighborhood watch program in the City of Beverly Hills where he received an outpouring of support from the community.

In 2015, Chief Buchannan left the City of Beverly Hills to join the Vinita Park Police Department to help develop and form the North County Police Cooperative. Once the North County Police Cooperative was formed, then Captain Buchannan was assigned as commander of the Wellston Precinct. Chief Buchannan was promoted from Captain to Major, and then Lt. Colonel where he served as the Assistant Police Chief to Tim Swope. During that time the North County Police Cooperative grew to seven communities.  

Chief Buchannan is a member of the North County Police Chief’s Association, St. Louis Area Police Chief’s Association, and the Missouri Police Chief’s Association. Once appointed Chief of the North County Police Cooperative, Chief Buchannan adopted the “community first” motto and pledged that community policing would be in the forefront of the department’s policing methods. Chief Buchannan has also started a neighborhood watch program in every community that the department serves. Under Chief Buchannan’s Leadership, the NCPC has grown to become the 6th largest Municipal Police Department in St. Louis County and is an internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency By CALEA. Chief Buchannan’s energetic hands-on leadership style, along with 21st Century policing practices, have taken the criminal elements off the streets in an unbiased way and reduced crime while maintaining the support of his officers and community. Chief Buchannan has implemented numerous best police practices which have ultimately garnered safer communities for the 17,000+ citizens and hundreds of business owners the agency partners with. It is without a doubt Chief Buchannan’s mission to make the NCPC communities some of the safest in the nation. Chief Buchannan continues to work with the community and meet the individual needs of every community the North County Police Cooperative serves.

Major Ron Martin

  • Major Martin has twenty-two (22) years of law enforcement experience and has been with the NCPC for five (5) years. 
  • Major Martin is the Assistant Chief of Police for the NCPC, and his roles include oversight of the daily operations of the Department’s investigative components, to include the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) and the Special Enforcement Division (SED). In addition, Major Martin is the Department’s PIO, Social Media Coordinator, Federal E-Share Coordinator and Crime Analysis Coordinator.
  • Major Martin’s prior police commissions were with the Ferguson (MO) Police Department, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (MO), and the Nevada Highway Patrol (NV), as well as a Law Enforcement Professional contracted through the United States Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.
  • Major Martin has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation during his career.
  • When asked about the concept of the North County Police Cooperative, Major Martin said, “There is no law enforcement organization across the nation that could fathom what the NCPC has accomplished in the 6 years we have been here. Every person who has been or is a part of the organization has helped make it successful.”

Lt. Etheria THompson

  • Lt. Thompson has twenty-eight (28) years of police experience and has been with the NCPC for one (1) year. 
  • Lt. Thompson is the Precinct Commander for the NCPC’s Wellston Precinct,  Velda Village Hills Precinct and is the Bureau of Field Operations (BFO) Commander.
  • Lt. Thompson’s prior police commissions were with the Beverly Hills (MO) and Velda City (MO) Police Departments. Lt. Thompson was also an International Police Advisor serving with the United Nations – European Union. 
  • Lt. Thompson has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation during his career. 
  • When asked about the concept of the North County Police Cooperative, Lt. Thompson said, “The one GREAT thing our organization is doing is changing the perception that citizens have about law enforcement. We are changing that landscape as we speak.”

Lt. Lynn Woodard

  • Lt. Woodard has eleven (11) years of police experience and has been with the NCPC for three (3) years. Lt. Woodard is a United States Marine Corp veteran. 
  • Lt. Woodard is the Precinct Commander for the NCPC’s Pine Lawn and Uplands Park Precincts. Lt. Woodard is also the NCPC’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
  • Lt. Woodard’s prior police commissions were with the Kansas City (MO) Airport, Clark (MO), Sturgeon (MO) and Winfield (MO) Police Departments. 
  • Lt. Woodard has been named the NCPC Officer of the Month twice and has received numerous letters and certificates of appreciation.
  • When asked about the concept of the North County Police Cooperative, Lt. Woodard said, “The North County Police Cooperative has greatly reduced violent crime in all of the municipalities that we patrol because the citizens are incredibly involved with our communities.”

Lt. Phillip QUinn

  • Lt. Quinn has nineteen (19) years of police experience and has been with the NCPC for six (6) years. 
  • Lt. Quinn is the Precinct Commander for the NCPC’s Hanley Hills and Beverly Hills Precincts. Lt. Quinn is also the NCPC’s Court Security Coordinator.
  • Lt. Quinn’s prior police commission was with the Moline Acres (MO) Police Department 
  • Lt. Quinn was named the 2014 Officer of the Year (LETSAC) and has received numerous letters and certificates of appreciation.
  • When asked about the concept of the North County Police Cooperative, Lt. Quinn said, “It’s an honor and a privilege to work with the North County Police Cooperative. I am enormously proud to be a part of this leadership team and I wholeheartedly love the communities we serve.”

Lt. Mark Brown

  • Lt. Brown has forty (40) years of police experience and has been with the NCPC for six (6) years. 
  • Lt. Brown is the Commander of the Auxiliary & Traffic Unit for the NCPC and serves as a lead investigator in the BCI Division.
  • Lt. Brown’s prior police commissions were with the Lincoln County (MO) Sheriff’s Department  and Montgomery County (MO) Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Vinita Park (MO) Police Department.  ​Lt. Brown has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation during his career.
  • When asked about the concept of the North County Police Cooperative, Lt. Brown said, “I believe numerous law enforcement organizations are striving to do what we have been doing for 6 years.”

Lt. Andrew Klosterman

  • Lt. Klosterman has fifteen (15) years of police experience and has been with the NCPC for three (3) years.
  • Lt. Klosterman has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • Lt. Klosterman is the Commander of the NCPC’s CALEA Accreditation Program and serves as a lead Investigator in the BCI Division.
  • Lt. Klosterman’s prior police commissions were with the Beverly Hills (MO) Police Department and the Maries County (MO) Sheriff’s Department.
  • Lt. Klosterman has received numerous awards and letters of appreciation during his career.
  • Lt. Klosterman is currently a National Registry and State Licensed EMT-B
  • When asked about the concept of the North County Police Cooperative, Lt. Klosterman said “Success comes from taking the initiative and following up, something the NCPC knows well.”