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."