Missouri State Highway Patrol/Division of Drug and Crime Control
Assistant Director Van Godsey was appointed as the Vice General Chairman in October 2009. He was the Central Zone Vice Chairman from November 2006 until his appointment as Vice General Chairman. In 1986 Assistant Director Godsey graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy as the president of his graduation class. For the next 4 years he worked as a police officer in Southeast Tennessee. In 1990, Assistant Director Godsey worked at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in the special prosecution unit. Over the next 5 years he worked specifically on homicide prosecutions where the state was seeking the death penalty. Assistant Director Godsey left the Attorney General’s Office in 1995 as the Chief Criminal Investigator and assumed the role of Violent Crime Support Unit Supervisor at the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). In 1998, the MSHP combined the Violent Crime Support Unit and the Criminal Intelligence/Crime Analysis Unit and Assistant Director Godsey was promoted to the supervisor of both units. Over the next 7 years, he supervised the Criminal Intelligence/Crime Analysis unit and was involved in several information and intelligence sharing initiatives. Some of these efforts include the Missouri Statewide Police Intelligence Network (MoSPIN), the Midwest HIDTA, the National Virtual Pointer System (NVPS) and many others. In December 2005, Assistant Director Godsey was appointed as the Director of the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC)--the State of Missouri’s “Fusion” Center. In 2009 Mr. Godsey was appointed to his current position as the Assistant Director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control.