Friday, May 01, 2009
Bryan officials name temporary acting police chief
Bryan officials are preparing for the conclusion of the internal affairs investigation into an incident that occurred in November at the home of Bryan Police Chief Tyrone Morrow. To protect the integrity of the report and to eliminate possible misconceptions about bias, officials have reviewed options in an effort to best address possible issues identified in the report.
For about five months, Deputy Chief Peter Scheets has served as the acting chief of the Bryan Police Department. City Manager David Watkins states he has been extremely pleased with Scheets’ service as he has handled day-to-day operations in a professional manner.
Watkins says, “Peter Scheets is an individual with high standards, strong character, and impeccable integrity, and the citizens of Bryan are fortunate to have such an individual as a leader in the Bryan Police Department.”
Officials announced Friday that to assist with the implementation steps necessary in the expected internal affairs report, Bobby Whitmire will serve as acting police chief for up to 30 days. Whitmire is tasked with reviewing the internal affairs investigation related to the November incident at the home of Police Chief Morrow. The internal affairs investigation is being conducted by consultant Kenneth Lybrand.
Whitmire previously served as Bryan’s interim chief while a police chief search was being conducted in 2007. He also has served as an interim chief in College Station.
Whitmire’s experience with the department will enable him to more quickly become familiar with personnel policies and general orders and determining whether disciplinary action within the department is necessary.
The internal affairs investigation is not complete; however Civil Service code mandates that action be issued within six months of an incident occurring. That deadline is approaching in roughly three weeks, and officials expect much of the investigation to be complete by that time. City officials believe it is important to bring in Whitmire at this time so he can begin reviewing personnel policies and general orders, and be prepared for the completed internal affairs report. His first day on the job will be Monday, May 4.
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