In an effort to meet community needs, the Bryan Police Department formed a Mental Health Unit in April 2021 comprised of three officers who have received specific training on how to help people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
David Schmitz has been named the Interim Director of Parks & Recreation and Facilities for the City of Bryan.
He is serving in this capacity after the city’s most recent Parks & Recreation and Facilities Director, Linda Cornelius, recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
Schmitz retired from the City of College Station in 2020 after serving as their Director of Parks and Recreation for nine years. Schmitz also previously retired from the City of Bryan in 2008 after serving as the Parks and Recreation Director since 1999. He is a certified Parks and Recreation Professional from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a Certified Playground Safety Inspector from the National Playground Safety Institute, and a Certified Aquatic Facility Operator from NRPA.
As the Interim Director, Schmitz will continue to provide leadership for the Parks & Recreation and Facilities Department on programming, aquatics, parks maintenance and projects that are underway to improve sports, recreational and event opportunities in Bryan.
A timeline has not been set to fill the position on a permanent basis.