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UPDATE: Mayor selects new chief

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dave Archer
The Brazil City Police Department has a new police chief.

As of midnight, Monday, Capt. Dave Archer became the new acting Police Chief, while former Police Chief Terry Harrison was demoted to the Captain's position.

"This wasn't an easy decision for me to make, but, as mayor, I have to do what is best for the department" Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "Hopefully this will take the department in a new direction, encourage better morale among the officers and create a better working relationship between the department and the community."

Although specific details about Harrison's demotion are not being made available because it is a confidential personnel issue, Bradshaw said she has been worried about the department over the past couple of months.

"There was a real lack of communication and some organizational matters that was causing the morale of the officers in the department to drop. It can be tough to do a job when your morale is down," she said. "I'm really honored that Dave Archer accepted the position."

Although he has 14 years of experience with BCPD, Archer told The Brazil Times he's anticipating his new role of being a leader and administrator of the department to be challenging and exciting.

"Right now I'm trying to touch base with everyone I need to, but it's been busy right out of the gate," Archer said. "I worked closely with Terry Harrison before, and, with his help, I really expect the transition to be a smooth one. I'm also confident that he will do the best that he can to help the department. I've worked closely with the mayor and city council in the past, and with their help and that of my family and members of the department. I'm sure we can work together for the best of the department."

Although the change will not affect any current investigations or department operations, Archer said he plans on addressing the mayor's and the community's concerns.

"The community wants more of a police presence in their neighborhoods at night," Archer said. "Our BCPD Reserves are really helping out a lot, but we need more manpower out there. We also need to develop a strong working relationship with the public. We need to work together to make the department the most efficient it can be."

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-- Posted by SBROWN on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:51 PM

If Mayor Bradshaw felt this was necessary, trust me she did'nt come to this decision lightly or overnight afterall she put her trust and hinged her new administration on Harrison and he obviously violated her trust as well as many others, we should all be glad that we have a Mayor who steps up for the community, whether they know the details or not!!! Good Luck to Dave Archer and all the Officers.

-- Posted by Blu8 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 3:49 PM

Chief Archer will do an excellent job. Best wishes to the department and the entire community.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 6:46 PM

Best of Luck, Chief Archer ~ you deserve this position ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 7:02 PM

You are welcome to beef up security in my neighborhhod!

Best of luck to you and busting the "bad guys!"

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 6:38 AM

I am very pleased with this decision. Dave Archer has helped me with police matters and he has always acted in a very professional and courteous manner. I think this is what our community needs.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 9:56 AM

I wish the best of luck to the both of them! I have had the honor to work with them both.

-- Posted by WICKED on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 11:39 AM

good luck to dave

-- Posted by 2dogbob on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 1:55 PM

good luck dave your the man

good luck Terry your a good man to

-- Posted by hopper1 on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 7:04 PM

Dave will do an excellent job. He deserves this position and has worked hard to achieve it.

-- Posted by MensRea2008 on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 11:57 PM

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Sep 29, 2008, at 7:45 AM

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