Dr. Thomas Leasor, Executive Director, is a retired Patrol Division lieutenant from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Union, MO. While serving the citizens of Franklin County, Director Leasor assisted in the development of the public relations unit and was assigned to SWAT as a negotiator and entry team member, eventually becoming the SWAT commander. While as a patrol sergeant, Dr. Leasor obtained grant funding to begin the Traffic Safety/DWI Unit for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, making it the first multi-deputy traffic unit in Franklin County. Under his direction the first sobriety checkpoints in Franklin County were also initiated, along with numerous other grant funded traffic enforcement projects. Dr. Leasor received the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year Award in 2002 and 2003. He also received the Missouri Sheriff's Association Deputy of the Year Award in 2003. Additionally, he received the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Supervisor of the Year Award as a sergeant in 2008 and as a lieutenant in 2013.
He began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Patrol Officer for the City of Sullivan, MO in 1990, transitioning to a full-time position in 1991. While serving the Sullivan Police Department he was a traffic crash investigator, D.A.R.E. officer, and field training officer. He left the Sullivan Police Department for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in 1997 where he served until 2015. From 2011 to 2015 Dr. Leasor served as the mayor for the City of Sullivan, MO, along with serving as an alderman from 2008 through 2011. Dr. Leasor has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lindenwood University. He is currently and adjunct graduate professor for Lindenwood University and has served in that capacity for several years. He completed his Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at Maryville University. Dr. Leasor has been the Executive Director at the Eastern Missouri Police Academy since January 2015.