Jody O’Guinn has nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience, having started his career in 1983 as a police officer in Freeburg, Illinois. He joined the Alton Police Department in 1987, advancing through the ranks of detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief. In 2009, he was appointed chief of police for Carbondale, Illinois, a post he held until 2014. In February of 2016, Jody was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Village of Freeman Spur. He resigned in July of 2017 to pursue other interests.
Chief O’Guinn has served as tactical response team commander, Region 8 weapons of mass destruction special response team commander, sniper team leader, Drug Enforcement Administration task force detective, use of force instructor and firearms instructor.
He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Missouri Baptist University, teaching criminal justice courses. He has taught at Lewis & Clark Community College, John A. Logan College, Southern Illinois University and the Department of Homeland Security. He holds instructor status in numerous disciplines, including firearms instruction, use of force instruction, NIMS, Weapons of Mass Destruction General Instruction and an array of other law enforcement areas of instruction.
Chief O’Guinn holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Sterling College and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is a graduate of the 223rd session of the FBI National Academy, class of 2005. In addition, he is an Illinois Certified Firefighter II.