City of Branson

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A nationwide search has begun for a new Branson Chief of Police. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA) will conduct interviews Monday and Tuesday in Jefferson City.  According to city officials, candidates will undergo thorough written, situational and psychological tests as well as panel interviews with sitting police chiefs throughout the state of Missouri. Once the MPCA testing is complete, the top candidates will be forwarded to the City of Branson, which will conduct further interviews, likely in the first part of February.

Branson has made a move toward becoming a greener city.  The town has added 18 new recycle bins to its downtown as part of the Historic Downtown Improvement Project.

Branson Mayor Karen Best says many visitors come to the town from cities where recycling is the norm.  She says they want to make recycling easy during their visit, too.

The bins are located next to trash bins at several downtown intersections and in Liberty Plaza, so visitors can choose either landfill or recycle. 

The city says additional bins will be added in Phase 4 of the renovations. 

City of Branson

Branson has a new city administrator.  The city’s Board of Aldermen voted to promote Branson police chief, Stanley Dobbins, to the position effective January 1.

Dobbins has served as interim city administrator and police chief since May 24, after the departure of former city administrator William Malinen.

Branson Mayor Karen Best says the board of aldermen chose Dobbins because of “the excellent leadership skills he exhibited” while serving in the dual roles. She says he knows the community’s goals and can hit the ground running.

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As Branson continues cleanup after major weekend flooding, officials there say things have for the most part returned to normal.

Ted Martin is Branson’s fire chief and emergency management director. He says the flooding, which comes as tourism season is starting to pick up, has not stopped the city from doing its normal business.


Crews continue digging trenches along Branson’s Highway 76 strip to make space for water and power lines.

The latest stage in the 8-year, $80 million renovation project now includes utility work between Ellen and Francis streets.

Phase 1A of the project now extends a half-mile between Presley’s Country Jubilee and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.