This division of the police department consists of the Chief of Police Danny Whiteley, Deputy Chief of Police Donnie Trout, and Captain Michael McClain.  They are responsible for providing a level of service, which strives to achieve the safest possible environment and enhance the quality of life in Poplar Bluff. The Division also provides a creative, innovative and ethical organizational environment, which promotes fiscal responsibility, effective service delivery, and positive community interactions. It is a goal of the Administration Division to utilize the resources of the community, city personnel and technology to focus on identifying and resolving problems.  The Administration Division's goal is to maximize the development of police department personnel and to recognize that they are a vital component to public service.


Police Chief Danny Whiteley #231

Chief Whiteley has been in his position since June of  2000.   Whiteley has been a commissioned law enforcement officer since June of 1972.  He was selected as the Reserve Deputy Sheriff of the year by the Missouri Deputy Sheriff's Association in 1995.   Whiteley is a former Mayor Pro-Tem for the Poplar Bluff City Council and former president of the Poplar Bluff R-1 School Board.  He was selected by the Cape Girardeau F.B.I. Office to attend the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute in 2001.   Whiteley has also received advanced S.W.A.T. training at the Springfield, MO Police Academy, also Whiteley currently serves as the Project Director for the SEMO Drug Task Force. Whiteley has been sponsored by the U.S. Secret Service (St. Louis Office) to attend the National Threat Assessment Seminar in Washington D.C. and is a member of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council.  Whiteley accompanied leaders from major departments nation wide including New York City, Chicago, and other major cities. Recently Whiteley was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year 2010 by the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, for Dedicated and Untiring Efforts to serve our community.
Chief Whiteley may be reached directly at his office: #573-686-8680, by Fax: #573-686-7908 or e-mail at:


Deputy Chief Don Trout #232

Deputy Chief Trout has been with the department since February 29th, 1989.  He is a B.A.C. Type 3 Instructor.  He is also one of the department's Firearms Instructors.  In 2003, Deputy Chief Trout received the Officer of the Year award. Deputy Chief Trout served as the Patrol Commander from January 2009 to December 2015. On December 8th, 2015 he was named Deputy Chief. He can be reached in his office at (573) 686-8690 or by email at:

Captain Michael McClain #233

Capt. McClain has been a member of this department since March 6th, 1995 after working for the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department.  Capt. McClain is a Certified Accident Reconstructionist, one of our departments Certified Firearms Instructors, an A.S.P Baton Defensive Tactics Instructor, a S.H.A.R.P. Certified Instructor,  a Weapons of Mass Destruction Instructor and a Field Training Officer.  Along with these titles Capt. McClain is a D.W.I. Victim's Advocate.  Capt. McClain is one of two Internet Directors for this website and is the departments Computer Systems Administrator   Capt. McClain may be reached at (573) 785-5776 ext. 1302 or e-mail at: