Chief of Police

Paul Jokerst comes to Paola from St. Charles, Missouri where he has spent most of his 28 years of law enforcement with the City of St. Charles. He began his career in 1988 as a Communications Specialist (Dispatcher) and then as a Community Service Officer (Jailor) before obtaining his commission and working his way through the ranks. During his career, Chief Jokerst has worked in the Patrol Division, served as Department Firearms Instructor, Department Training Coordinator and Field Training Officer, I.T. Administrator, Radio System Administrator, Shift Commander, Investigations, served on Command Staff and as Assistant Chief.


The Office of the Chief of Police is responsible for the management, direction, and administration of the Department. The Chief of Police is accountable for ensuring that the general functions of the Department are carried out effectively and efficiently.

Deputy Police Chief

Deputy Police Chief Don Poore has served in law enforcement since 1977. He began his law enforcement career as a correctional officer at the Louisiana State Prison at Angola, Louisiana. Through his career, Deputy Chief Poore has held the positions of patrol officer, field training officer, detective, and K-9 officer. Since being with the Paola Police Department, he has held the positions of patrolman, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. He has served as Deputy Police Chief since 2001.


Deputy Police Chief Don Poore
The Deputy Chief’s responsibilities include the investigation of citizen and internal complaints, search and apply for grants for the police department, perform potential police department employee background checks, supervise and oversee the operations of the police department’s detention center, as well as assist in the day to day operations of the department.

For More Information

For more information, contact Deputy Police Chief Poore at:
Paola Police Department
Paola Justice Center
805 N. Pearl
Paola, KS 66071
Police Administration
Ph:(913) 259-3631
Fx: (913) 259-3639
Police Dispatch
Ph: (913) 259-3640
Fx: (913) 259-3645
Emergency: 9-1-1