Members of the Forsyth Police Department

Chief of Police

Roger B. Ellis

Chief Ellis has been with the Forsyth Police Department since 2011, serving as the department’s assistant police chief and investigator before being promoted to the position of Police Chief.  Prior to joining the department, Chief Ellis worked as an Alaska State Trooper for more than 20 years and with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years.  As a trooper, Chief Ellis was awarded the medal of valor, the meritorious service medal, a Trooper of the Year award, and two out-post Trooper of the Year awards.

Chief Ellis is a proud veteran of the US Army, serving as an Infantry Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Viet Nam War era and overseas in Korea.  He is a member of the Forsyth VFW and served as Post Commander from 2008 through 2009.

Staff Sergeant / SRO / DARE Instructor

Steve Huggins

Staff Sergeant Huggins is the department’s administrative sergeant and school resource officer/DARE instructor for the Forsyth School District.  He began his law enforcement career with the Forsyth Police Department in 1991 as a patrol officer.  In 1995, Staff Sergeant Huggins graduated from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor school in Springfield, Illinois and in 1996 received his School Resource Officer (SRO) certification in Overland Park, Kansas. His duties as staff sergeant include supervising officers, scheduling, training coordination, reviewing reports, and working directly with the the Chief of Police on all projects and operational matters of the department.

Staff Sergeant Huggins serves the school five days per week during the school year, providing 10 weeks of curriculum to nearly 100 sixth grade students and assisting parents, students, and staff with law enforcement-related matters.  Staff Sergeant Huggins is also actively involved with school sports programs and community groups.  He has assisted Boy Scout Troop 120 in  achieving their 1997 National Crime Prevention Award and was named the 2014-2015 Lake Taneycomo Elks Lodge Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Senior Patrol Officer

Michelle Pugh

Senior Patrol Officer Pugh joined the Forsyth Police Department in 2009 after graduating from the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Law Enforcement Academy in Reeds Spring, Missouri.  Officer Pugh works as a patrol officer, responding to calls for service, investigating crimes, enforcing traffic laws and preserving the peace in our community.  She also performs duties related to the department’s computer systems.

Officer Pugh became the department's reserve program coordinator in October of 2011.  Her duties as such include overseeing reserve work schedules, coordinating special events and overseeing reserve officer meetings.

Detective/Patrol Officer 

Billy Murphy

Detective Billy Murphy joined the department in 2012 as a patrol officer.  In 2015, he was promoted to Detective/Patrol Officer.  Detective Murphy began his career in law enforcement in 2011 after serving 6 years of active duty in the US Army as a transportation specialist.  Detective Murphy served 25 months in Iraq, earning the Combat Action Badge.

Det. Murphy enjoys his duties as detective, patrol officer, and field training officer and appreciates the opportunity to assist citizens and visitors.

Patrol Officer

Viviana Giraldo

Officer Viviana Giraldo joined the FPD in 2012 as a reserve patrol officer and was hired as a full-time officer in 2013. She works as a patrol officer, responding to calls for service, investigating crimes, enforcing traffic laws, and preserving peace in our community.  Officer Giraldo is responsible for the accident reporting software and provides Spanish language translation assistance to both the Forsyth Police Department and other local agencies.  

Officer Giraldo completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2015.  She enjoys working as a police officer and performs her duties in a meritorious manner.

Patrol Officer

Chad Swanson

Officer Chad Swanson joined the Forsyth Police Department as a reserve officer in 2015.  After graduating from Drury Law Enforcement Academy, he was hired as a full time officer and currently works in the Patrol Division.

Officer Swanson, a Republic, Missouri, native, served 6 years in the US Army as a Combat Medical Technician, retiring with the rank of Sergeant.  Following his military service, he worked as a firefighter and a paramedic before enrolling in the law enforcement academy.

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