Det. Sgt. Mark Loudermilk has been appointed as the new Brazil City Police Chief by Mayor Tom Arthur. Loudermilk, 43, will begin his duties Jan. 1, 2004.
The Brazil native has been involved in law enforcement for over 20 years. After graduating from Brazil High School in 1978, Loudermilk started working as a dispatcher at the Clay County Jail.
"They didn't have a jailer at that time so I did the work of both jobs," Loudermilk said. "When I turned 21, I got a deputy position."
Five years later Loudermilk took a job as a Patrolman with the Brazil City Police Department. He moved up to Patrol Sgt. and 10 years ago was promoted to Detective Sgt.
Loudermilk has several plans and goals he hopes to accomplish. Availability to the public is his number one priority.
"I'd like to have an open door policy," Loudermilk explained. "Citizens can come down and talk to me or Assistant Police Chief Andy Whittington about their concerns or problems. During regular business hours, probably 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, people are welcome to come speak to us. We're going to be available."
The new Police Chief also said he wants to increase drug investigations and work on drug problems in the city. And he intends to increase patrols.
"We have plans in the works to implement that, already."
Loudermilk and his wife, Patty, live in Brazil. His sister, Jayne Winn, resides in Knightsville.
"I'm very excited about taking the position," Loudermilk said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of being Police Chief. I have a lot of new ideas and I'm looking forward to implementing them."