Thursday, July 09, 2009
Community panel to interview 3 for Police Chief job
Three candidates are scheduled to interview for the position of Bryan Police Chief, City Manager David Watkins announced Thursday.
Those being considered for the job include:
• Johnnie (Jay) Burch Jr. of Mt. Pleasant. Burch has been in law enforcement since 1987, serving with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, DeSoto Police Department and as chief of the Gatesville Police Department. He is currently serving as the chief of police in Mount Pleasant, a post he has held since 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Sam Houston State University.
• Eric Buske of Omaha, Neb. Buske began his career in Omaha as a patrol officer in 1984. He climbed up the ranks, serving as sergeant, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief at the Omaha Police Department before being named to his current position as Omaha’s chief of police in 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bellevue University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Nebraska. He was a finalist for the police chief job in Bryan two years ago.
• Bobby Whitmire of Itasca. Whitmire started his law enforcement career in 1969 with the Fort Worth Police Department. In 1974, he started work as a public safety officer at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He has since worked as an arson investigator in Cleburne, a director of public safety, interim city manager and assistant city manager in Watauga, a fraud investigations manager for Southwestern Bell and chief of the Midlothian and Waxahachie police departments. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University and a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from the University of North Texas. He has served as interim chief in both Bryan and College Station with his most recent experience being in Bryan this spring.
City Manager Watkins said he received 33 resumes for the job and was impressed with the caliber of candidates. Bryan’s new police chief will lead 103 officers, 40 civilians, 20 sergeants and six lieutenants.
A series of interviews and meetings will be conducted by Watkins, his staff and a panel of community members through the week of July 20. Watkins said he would like to have a new chief on the job by early September. Salary is dependent on qualifications. The former chief earned about $122,000 plus benefits.
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