On Feb. 11, the Winfield Board of Alderman meeting swore in a new chief of police of the Winfield Police Department.

Robert Brian Wideman officially took the interim tag off to permanently assume the role. Wideman replaced William Burleson, who tendered his resignation on Sept. 21, and left the Department on Oct. 15.

Wideman’s family and some of his colleagues also attended the meeting to show their love and support for Winfield’s new top police officer, as he was also awarded as a peace officer for Missouri. 

“I am honored to be able to continue to serve the community and be the new chief,” Wideman said at the meeting.

Wideman served with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for two decades before moving to the Winfield area, serving as the patrol division commander for the last seven years. 

Wideman also has a background as a detective, K-9 handler and a member of the Narcotics Task Force. He held those positions until October of last year, when Wideman left the Sheriff’s accepted the offer to be the interim police chief for a 120-day temporary assignment. 

“We are thrilled to be bringing in Brian Wideman as the new chief of police; He offers the community a huge amount of experience and has such a passion for serving this community,” Winfield Mayor Ryan Ruckel said. 

The members of the Board of Alderman, Dawn Garver, Robin Cryts, Ruckel, Joe Keck and Robert Roskowske, all voted unanimously in favor to permanently appoint Wideman as the chief of police.