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Friday, July 16, 2010

New Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce and Mayor Ann Bradshaw discuss what is the best direction for the police department. Pierce will begin his duties as chief Monday, July 19. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
* Loudermilk retained as captain of the department

There's a new police chief at the Brazil City Police Department.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw announced late Friday afternoon that Brazil resident Larry Pierce would begin his duties on Monday, July 19.

Bradshaw said she based her decision Pierce's more than 35 years experience in law enforcement, including his 20 years of service with the Indiana State Police and with the Clay County Sheriff's Department as sheriff and chief deputy.

Pierce replaces Captain Mark Loudermilk, who has been serving as interim police chief in recent weeks.

"I have the utmost faith that Chief Pierce and Captain Loudermilk will lead the department in the best direction for the citizens of Brazil," Bradshaw said. "The decisions and changes that Mark has made will be honored. I want to thank Mark for moving the department forward these past few weeks."

Pierce is the third official police chief appointed during Bradshaw's administration.

On June 2, Dave Archer resigned as police chief, citing personal reasons.

On Sept. 23, 2008, Archer replaced then outgoing police chief Terry Harrison.

With a vision to keep open communication among the administrative staff at the police department, Bradshaw and Pierce are planning to meet on a weekly basis.

"I'm looking forward to the challenges," Pierce said about his new job. "I want to make sure this department is operated in the best and most efficient way for the public. I'm looking forward to getting to know the staff and the public."

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WOW,have to say I didnt see that one coming, but should have since his wife it the mayors secretary. Not meant as a negative, just an observation.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 11:16 PM

Hmmm, I think I smell a rat!

I guess since Mr. Pierce couldn't win an election he must use his wife in the mayor's office to help him get in the back door.

One might think that a conflict of interest might apply here!

-- Posted by bravada on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 1:59 AM

I have been involved in city government for several years and witnessed that whoever you appointed as chief from the local department they couldn't lead because the others in the department had to much on them,and they knew if they cracked the whip they knew when mayors changed the one they cracked the whip on would be chief and they would suffer.the chief needs to be a boss not a buddy.

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 3:49 AM


Congratulations, you have made one of the dumbest comments of all time. Do you not know Mr. Pierce's background? Retired State Police, as well as 2-Term Sheriff. He is a perfect candidate for this position with experience, knowledge of law enforcement, and someone not part of the department. Change from outside is sometimes needed to get things moving in the right direction. This is a high character appointment. So unless you are really Stephen King, leave the conspiracy stuff out of it.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 5:42 AM

I think it would be most appropriate for the wife, who is the secretary for the mayor to step down.....

Just a thought, if Mr. Pierce is such a great pick then why did the citizens of Brazil not elect him as Sheriff?

From what I have heard of Mr. Pierce, I do believe that the citizens of Brazil made a better judgement by not electing him, then what their mayor did.

-- Posted by bravada on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 7:58 AM

First, why would she have to step down? It is not like she is in a position of authority. Second, we had some younger candidates that put a lot of time and money into getting elected. During his 2-TERMS in office of Sheriff, did you ever hear one problem with his department? During his 2-TERMS in office of Sheriff, did you see the drug problems like we do today? You always have the typical Clay County response of negativity. Here would be my suggestion. Go to the Police Academy, receive the training, put your life on the line everyday, have others put their lives in yours, and then you can run things. You seem to know everything, I would think you would be perfect for the job.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 8:46 AM

Dear Bravada,

Your question is easily answered: First off less than 1/3 of the sheriff's election is Brazil. The sheriff is for the county, not just Brazil.

Secondly: I followed both the Heaton's republican campaign and the independent Pierce campaign for sheriff. The fact is, Pierce didn't get elected sheriff because he wouldn't play party politics. He wanted to be Sheriff, not republican waterboy. I am certainly not saying that our current sheriff is a bad one, on the contrary. However, Larry Pierce got railroaded by party politics.

This is exactly what is wrong with politics in this country. Clay County tends to elect republican sheriffs. If you don't bow down to the republican leadership you can't get one the ballot to run in the primary. The fact is your republican and democrat party leaders screw you each time there is a primary. They make sure they take care of the party first, other things next and the people last. They don't give fair billing to primary candidates.

Larry Pierce was kept off the republican ballot because he does things the republican leadership doesn't like. They kept you from voting for Larry. He had no alternative but to run as an independent. In Clay County getting elected as an independent is like expecting your feet to stay dry while walking accross a swamp. Its just not going to happen.

I think it is fantastic that Mr. Pierce has been appointed Chief. The citizens of Brazil can expect solid, honest, Constitutional leadership from his office. Expect nothing less.


-- Posted by TheRider on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 9:20 AM

Good choice Mayor. And Rider, your post is right on and informative but most importantly, written in English. Thank you!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 10:04 AM

Seems funny to me

-- Posted by jinx948 on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 10:14 AM

TheRider and Lee Thall......Is the world coming to an end? I think this is the first time we have totally 100% agreed! Well said.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 10:54 AM


It does seem a little funny. Honestly, with his wife being the mayor's secretary and all there is a slight fish smell, however, just being someone's secretary does not give you that much influence. It may be that the mayor trusts her secretary's judgement and she may already know Mr. Pierce well. The fact is, there is no way for us to know one way or another.

Certainly Mr. Pierce has the credentials to hold the job. His credentials list is long, varied and esteemed. I personally know about his adherence to constitutional princples. But, the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

I'll be the first one to knock him around (verbally, of course) should things look bad. I think Clay County got a raw deal with Heaton, however, Sheriff Heaton has turned out to be a pretty good sheriff. I reject the allegations that one previous commenter had that we didn't have these kinds of drug problems when Pierce was in office. They are correct, however, we had different problems. Pierces fault? Probably not. Heaton's fault? Probably not. Societal changes? Yep!

Good luck Mr. Pierce! You would do well to pay attention to what is going on here at the paper and in the comments. We're all willing to give you a chance. We know you have the experience. We'll be watching.

-- Posted by TheRider on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 11:04 AM


Maybe it is as I tend to agree as well [lol]. Even IF Pierce was not the candidate of choice compared to Heaton, he still can be the candidate of choice from the others the mayor had to choose from. He's not up against Heaton this time. We don't know who the others were that the mayor was considering?

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 11:27 AM

When Mayor Bradshaw first took office as Mayor she was completely against Mark Loudermilk (Who was chief when she took office)she despised him so she appointed Terry Harrison as Police Chief. Apparently she did not see eye to eye with Terry so she again replaced the chief. She placed Dave archer in as chief which I might add he did a wonderful job. When Dave resigned she put the person she despised in as Chief Mark Loudermilk. Now she has made a decision to appoint Larry Pierce as chief. How many officers does the Brazil City Police Department have. Last I heard they had a full force so when she announced Larry as chief does that mean she is going to let one of the new officers go. Another thing is she might want to check with the police academy i believe that after you have been out of law enforcement for a certain number of years you no longer have police powers which would mean that he would have to return to the police academy for the full course. who would run the department while he was gone. I know Captain Mark loudermilk. He is still a captain from what I have heard because the mayor as smart as she is Sworn him in as Captain which in the past has always been an appointed position. This means that no matter what he will never be in a lower position at the Police department than Captain.

-- Posted by proudresident on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 1:13 PM

A lot of police departments are going to "contract" chiefs, nothing unusual there. It is true that after a person is out of law enforcement in Indiana for a period of time, they must return to ILEA for a refresher course. If Archer is surrounding herself with republicans, good for her. Pierce's wife is the Mayor's secretary? So what? At least there are two people in the Pierce family that can read and write, which is more than a lot of citizens in Brazil can say. All they have to do is read the Brazil Times' comments.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 3:48 PM

proudresident, Mr. Pierce will not have to attend the academy again. that is because he will have no police powers. Mr. Pierce is past the age limit to get into PERF, which means he will only be in an administrative roll at that police department.

Also, Mark Loudermilk can definitely be in a lower position that captain. both Terry Harrison and Dave Archer were both captains within the last year. one was demoted from captain to sergeant. the other was promoted from captain to chief, and then from chief to sergeant.

by the way, when the mayor swore him in, that was her appointing him to that position.

get your facts together before you open your pipes.

-- Posted by I<3pwnage on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 4:01 PM

Lee, If Archer is surrounding herself with republicans, good for her.

I think you mean Ann. I will let that one slide.

-- Posted by I<3pwnage on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 4:02 PM

So many comments by so few people. Definately amusing. Thanks for the chuckles all!!!

-- Posted by linc58911 on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 4:24 PM

Wow, that is all I gotta say. I don't think there is a story here. Republican or Democrat, he has the experience. Why don't you let me do the job, then critique. Thank you and may God Bless you!!

-- Posted by coltsfan11 on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 5:24 PM

whoops I had a typo, I mean let "him" do the job.... Sorry everyone for the confusion

I agree with linc58911

-- Posted by coltsfan11 on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 5:46 PM

One more page in the life of the Brazil Circus! What a freak show!!!

-- Posted by flycatcher on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 7:23 PM

XXX, yep, don't know where the Archer, should have read Bradshaw. But anyway, good for her. I think all the caps & punctuation was there though.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 7:23 PM

The quickest way to end speculation about why the two chiefs were replaced would be a good idea. If the current mayor wants to be re elected I believe its in her best interest to publicize the reasons for her decisions. I have no doubt this would play in her favor, it seems to me she may be covering for the two individuals, why would that be, maybe they should have recieved harsher punishment than what was doled out. According to previous reports, Mark Loudermilk was temporarily appointed and deserves to be Thanked for stepping up and not dragged into any derogatory remarks.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Jul 17, 2010, at 10:48 PM


-- Posted by flycatcher on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 5:28 AM

Bad choice, but what do you expect from a horrible mayor.

-- Posted by max23 on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 8:33 AM

In the spirit of where the rubber meets the road, let us all consider a time in our youth. The time when we were old enough to be cognizant of an adult situation yet our parent told us "Now, this is for adults to worry about. You don't need to know everything about this, it's just not something you need to worry about right now." We were aware of the periphery but ignorant of the specifics simply because it was not our concern to be involved at all.

To demand that the Mayor violate the confidence of her Office and the personal specifics of each mans reposition is de classe' in the least and unnecessary at best. It's okay for us to know the periphery but to know the specifics could be devastating to the man himself. These wonderful men all maintain residences, jobs and homes in our area and to destroy or even chip away at a man's good standing in that community for personal gain is just unjustifiable character assassination.

We all have jobs and sometimes, these jobs don't work out. I have gotten to know quite a few people in this town and many of them have had a varied job history. I would venture a guess and say that if your boss/supervisor were to be required by nothing more than public pressure to have in print your reasons for being let go in the local newspaper, you wouldn't be pleased and I would speculate you would be calling an attorney faster than Rosie O'Donnell destroys a New York Cheesecake! There are laws in place to protect your privacy from this happening with the possible exception of criminal wrongdoing. The same goes for these men.

Some things are simply none of your business and to come on these comments and ignorantly demand that the Mayor besmirch these men publicly to merely quell your curiosity is not only loathsome, but a show of a severe lack of knowledge of just how professionalism works in the job place.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 9:55 AM

It's not "these men". The track record here prooves the mayor's decision-making skill is the issue. What else might she be making bad choices about? INSTABILITY??? Circus Freak Show!!!

-- Posted by flycatcher on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 10:06 AM

QUOTE: " but a show of a severe lack of knowledge of just how professionalism works in the job place". Karen....I agree to a point, but this is NOT the private workplace being discussed. The Mayor is elected by the citizens to do a job and is accountable to them (although most politicians think it's the other way around). The whole fiasco sounds like good ole boy politics at it's best.

Pierce is very qualified for the job, much better than some.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 12:12 PM

He's awful I know first hand.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 7:00 PM

electriceye: "During his 2-TERMS in office of Sheriff, did you see the drug problems like we do today?" Are you kidding me? You must be a sheltered individual. Do you get out much...at all?

Clay County is as bad, if not worse, than any county in the area for drug manufacture and cultivation, possession and ingestion. You definitely cannot say it wasn't such when Pierce was in office.

Our local law enforcement are doing their part in fighting this epidemic. But, to say it hasn't always been a problem is an unrealistic ideal of reality.

-- Posted by flycatcher on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 7:26 PM

The choice of Larry Pierce is genius!! Larry and his family are wonderful people. There is nobody better qualified. Larry is a team player and will work well with everyone. I understand that he has already begun meeting with law enforcement leaders including our sheriff and all have agreed to work with him. Larry has always been an outstanding law enforcement professional who will continue to have a positive impact!! Congratulations Chief Pierce and those who reside in our community. Great choice!!!

-- Posted by brazilbooster on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 8:19 PM

I agree with you Lee and moreover, would be accepting of the same premise, but just as a workplace by law must abide, these men were employed via a contract. Therefore those same rules apply here as would any company. I think anytime you live in a town with a small populace, you find inevitably that the same people do run within familiar circles. So what may well seem like a good ol' boys club could be in fact, a lack of viable candidates. Just a thought anyway. Thanks for your great thoughts on the subject. They are greatly appreciated as I detest a myopic conversation and that is never a fear with you.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 9:22 PM

I think Larry was an excellent choice! I also think that for the mayor to be able to "think outside the box" and get someone in there that is more than qualified, without being limited by only a couple of choices within the department. I am not saying that there are not qualified people in the dept, but at least she had an open enough mind to look for "the best man for the job", instead of many people's idea of "the only man for the job".

I say way to go mayor Bradhsaw!! However, if you get free movies for life from Video Specialist, I will take the kudos back! LOL

-- Posted by olmedic on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 9:57 PM

"Thinking outside of the box when picking Mr. Pierce"? Did you mean thinking outside of the mayor's office door to Mr. Pierce's wife?

I am pondering why would Chief of Police Archer step down in the first place, then if Mr. Pierce was the "right guy" as quoted by others then why appoint Mr. Lowdermilk in the first place? Really, this just doesn't make sense.

It seems that Mayor Bradshaw has used up former Chief Terry Harrison, now Chief Archer, and interim Chief Lowdermilk....where the heck did Pierce come from?

I don't believe this is a Republican/Democrat issue, if Mr. Pierce were the right guy for Brazil, I believe that he would have been elected when he run for Sheriff.

I do believe that Mr. Heaton was the best choice for Sheriff and think that he has done a great job.

I further believe that their is more to Mr. Pierce getting the Chief job then what meets the eye.

One think about it, in the next election their is a way to fix this problem, elect a new mayor, new Chief of Police, and new secretary to the mayor.

-- Posted by bravada on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 12:27 AM

Bravada, last time I checked, neither the Chief nor the secretary were elected officials. Also, as someone has already pointed out, Brazil does NOT elect the sheriff, that is a COUNTY office therefore the citizens of Clay County elect him/her.

Also, I believe that Clay County is primarily a Democratic county.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 1:22 AM

you guys are right. this is a conspiracey. becuase larry's wife works in the mayor's office, he might get by with a longer lunch!! conflict of interest??? that is if someone had something to benifit. the only people benifiting is the town of Brazil! Larry's credentials speak for themselves. and you mean Anne appointed Loudermilk although she despised him?? obviously she can recognize the difference between personel and business. Anne and Larry, you are alright.

-- Posted by armyguy on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 7:05 AM

I wonder if its just the mentality in this small town or what prompts people to make such judgements against a person armed with all the information that the majority put in office, she has guts ! If there is a change needed she makes it obviously knowing full well these bashing comments are going to appear but that knowledge doesn't deter her from proceeding with what is right. I hope you who make such harsh statements don't run your personal lives the way you sling comments and making decisions without all the information, sometimes i think BP needs to put a cap on a few of the mouths around here.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 7:46 AM

Constant replacements in key offices will only lower morale even further. A team is only as great as it's leader. I wonder how different things might have been with Jim Sheese as mayor and Andy Whittington as chief?

-- Posted by clayoriginal on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 8:57 AM

After reading many of these comments and the comments of other stories I just have one thing to say. If you feel that you can do a better job as Mayor, then put your money where your mouth is and step up and run. It's easy to be a Monday morning armchair quarterback, it's a whole different ball game when you're sitting in the 'big chair'.

-- Posted by Village_Id10t on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 9:37 AM

Now that the "Wheel of Who's the Next Chief" has been spun again by the mayor, it will be interesting to see how long Pierce will make it. I am sure he is honest, qualified and knowledgable for his new position. Too bad that the same can't be said for the mayor.

-- Posted by Plankton on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 12:22 PM

Village_Id10t, the step up and run excuse is worn out, come up with something original.

Ombudsman we know you voted for her, you've made your point. Doesn't mean it was a wise choice on your part.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 12:27 PM

Lee Thall, it may be old but that doesn't make it any less true. It's a straight forward call to those who think they can do a better job then by all means do so. If you don't like the step up and run then perhaps you would prefer fish or cut bait or the ruder p*ss or get off the pot? Points still the same, bluntly, put up or shut up.

-- Posted by Village_Id10t on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 2:19 PM

Village_Id10t, the name fits. A Mayor runs for office, is elected and is expected to do the job. I haven't read one person's comment that said they thought they could do a better job, but that doesn't mean they don't have a right to complain about the job that is being done. Last time I checked we live in the U.S. Telling someone that if they think they can do a better job they should do it, is a cop out and only making a lame excuse for someone who is not.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 4:31 PM

Lee Thall I could give a flying flip what your opinion is towards my comments, from what I can tell you pick on people and have a instigative personality, just like a cop. Always trying to provoke someone into an argument. Thats not a wise choice on your part either.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 5:33 PM

I'm shocked Lee, for as many comments as you make you must not read that many of the others because I've seen many comments where people are saying and/or implying that they can do a better job than this person or that person. If you think encouraging someone to put their money where their mouth is is a cop out then I guess you don't know what a cop out really means and here you are always claiming to be oh so educated. You know what they say about a critic don't you?

-- Posted by Village_Id10t on Mon, Jul 19, 2010, at 6:18 PM

Always thought Larry did a fine job as Sheriff. I'm happy to see him reappointed. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 11:00 AM

Ombudsman you must not like cops, that's 2 or 3 comments you've made now. Wonder why you don't like 'em? Fess up. BTW, I'm not one but I don't dislike them.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 11:47 AM

I don't dislike cops, interesting that you keep a tally sheet on me and the comments I make. Confrontational is how I would describe( some )of them though,always a comment to draw someone into an argument, sound familiar ?

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 4:05 PM

Ombudsman, you give yourself way too much credit. No tally sheet, it's just easy to remember you making derogatory comments about the police, sound familiar? Typical democrat.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Jul 20, 2010, at 10:14 PM

In my opinion, if the mayor would do her job & keep her nose out of the police department, they might be able to keep a Chief! I can understand if something were seriously wrong, then she should step in, but, like most of the other mayors of this city, they think they should run the police department, too. She should leave the BPD alone & let them do their jobs.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 1:43 PM

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