Screenshot of city council meeting

Screenshot of city council meeting

Joplin City Council unanimously agree to double the Police Recruitment Incentive Program to $10,000

JOPLIN, Mo. — Monday evening Joplin Police Chief Sloan Rowland went before the Joplin City Council seeking approval to double their Recruitment Incentive Program to $10,000 for qualified lateral hires.

Chief Rowland stated a reminder it was last May the incentive program of $5,000 was approved by the council. They had four new qualified officers join. However they were hoping for more.


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.