Early Information provided by Charles Wolfe
Very little information has been found on early police protection in Bryan. A jail was one of the first buildings erected in Bryan, and its history has been preserved, but little has been recorded of the officers in charge of the jail.
Prior to becoming a city in 1940, Bryan had a town marshall and night watchman system. Among them were John Morrow, Charles Grim and August Heidley. August Heidley was marshal for 29 years.
Charles "Hiki" Grim who had been Williams County Sheriff from 1908-1912, was the town marshall in 1923.
Charles Fetzer and Archie Clappe were night police in 1934 at $90.00 per month. Mr. Clappe latter became the chief of police.
In 1927 there was a rash of downtown burglaries and two night watchman were hired to patrol the area at night.
The Bryan Police Department as we know it today was started in January 1942. The official U.S. census for 1940 showed that Bryan had a population of over 5,000. That meant it was no longer a village, but a city. At a special election in 1941, Bryan voters approved a city charter form of government.
The first full time police chief was former sheriff Carl L Ragen who had an office in the municipal building. The police department of Chief Ragen and four officers replaced the old village marshal and night officer systems.
A "police tower" stood on the southwest corner of Main and High
Street by the Courthouse square. This was home base for the department. Manned
by an officer, it was a reporting station for the officers on duty. It housed
the police records and equipment. It was a very crowded little building. It also
served as a signal to any would be offenders that the police department was
active. The tower also served as an unofficial guard to the two banks across the
street, and many of the businesses around the square. The old tower was torn
down in 1965 an the records moved to city hall.
Leroy (Rick) Mock was appointed chief of police in October 3, 1988. He had
been acting Chief since James Phillips retired in May of 1988. Chief Mock
retired August 22, 1996.
On June 2, 1997 Clifford Weigel was
promoted to the position of sergeant.
Gregory Brillhart was appointed July 17, 2001 as the Chief of the department.
Chief Brillhart created the position of police chaplain. On January 15, 2003 the Bryan Police department swore in Pastor
Roger Blough as the first department chaplain.
In August 2004 Adam Buchman was hired as a patrolman to fill the position created by the promotion of Jeremy Viers.
On January 2, 2005 Sergeant Jim Snivley retired from the department with over 26 years of service. Sergeant Snivley had served in the Multi Area Narcotics Unit, was the day shift road supervisor, was in charge of the Police reserves and fleet maintenance. Sergeant Snivley began working with the Williams County Sheriff's department on January 3, 2005 as Chief Deputy.
On Friday March 4, 2005 Chief Greg Brillhart retired. Chief Brillhart had
30 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career as a
U.S. Army Military Police Dog handler from 1974 to 1976. In January 1977 he was
appointed as a Deputy Sheriff in Williams County, Ohio. In July of 1985 he
was hired by the Sylvania, Ohio Police Division where he served as a Patrol
Officer, Detective, and Patrol Sergeant, until his appointment as Bryan's Chief
of Police on July 17, 2001.
Captain Larry Altman was named acting Chief of Police.
On October 2, 2006 Mario Rodriguez started with the Bryan Police Department.
This hiring brings us up to our authorized strength.
Also on the agenda was the promotion of Sergeant
On October 2, 2006 Mario Rodriguez was hired as a police officer.
Angela J. Stiverson was hired on Tuesday August 7, 2007 as a police/fire dispatcher. She replaces Ann Dietrich who resigned in April 2007 for private employment.
On January 16, 2009 Tony Plotts started with the Bryan Police Department. He replaces Megan Henricks who resigned in 2008.
On April 30, 2010 John Doseck retired from the department with thirty one years of service. John had been a radar instructor and field training officer.
On May 3, 2010 Justin Garza started with the Bryan Police
On September 7, 2011 Dan Bostelman was hired as a patrolman. With his
hiring we are one officer under authorized strength.
Dustin Gillett was sworn in as a Bryan Police/Fire Dispatcher on April 9th, 2012. Dustin is a graduate of Bryan High School and also received an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology from Owens Community College. Dustin currently resides in Bryan and has been a volunteer Fire Fighter with the Bryan Fire Department for the last four and a half years. Dustin will enter a training period of 15 weeks prior to being qualified for the full time dispatcher position.
On September 24, 2012 the police department moved into the new building.
On June 3, 2013 Steve Doctor was hired as a patrolman for the Bryan Police Department. This hiring will replace an officer who is retiring this fall.
On Monday October 31, 2013 Detective Colin Rose retired from the Bryan Police Department.
On May 26, 2014 Dan Bostelman left out department and hired on the Defiance City Police Department.
On Monday September 8, 2014 Mike Padisak started as our newest officer. He replaces Dan Bostelman.
On Friday September 12, 2014 Chief Jeff Arnold retired from the police department. While Friday was his last official day he remained on call until he morning of Monday September 15, 2014.
On Monday September 15, 2014 Mike Willis took over as Chief of Police.