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McQueen sworn in as Police Chief during Thursday ceremony

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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New Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen (right) was sworn in by Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham Thursday night. Accompanying McQueen during the swearing in ceremony was his mother Rita Johnson (middle). McQueen has been a part of the Brazil Police Force for 12 years. [Order this photo]
In front of a crowded City Hall Chambers, Mayor Brian Wyndham appointed Brazil's new Police Chief Thursday night.

Wyndham's choice was lifelong Clay County resident and 1993 Northview graduate Clint McQueen.

"I've lived here all my life," McQueen said. "I graduated from Northview High school in 1993 and I graduated from Indiana State University in 1998 (where I majored in) criminology."

McQueen is not a new face in the department, having served Brazil for more than 10 years.

"I've been (with the department) 12 years full time," McQueen said. "I served as a patrol officer and detective.

"I started with patrol and then moved into investigations, (where) I was the lead detective for the department."

McQueen said his family was on hand to witness his achievement, which includes a Brazil firefighter.

"My family was here tonight. My mom was here, my step dad was here, my sister and brother, my grandmother was here; they are all from the area," McQueen said. "My brother (Troy McQueen) is a firefighter."

McQueen said he is already talking with Wyndham about his plans for the department.

"We want to build our own team, on my end ... to develop the best safety and security for the citizens and that's what we've been doing," McQueen said.

"(We're) developing some strategies to get all those things accomplished. We're in the process of hiring several more officers now ... it's all working out pretty good, I'm pretty happy."

McQueen said being chosen for this responsibility means a lot to him, and he and his team will serve and protect the community in any way he can.

"I'm pretty happy to be entrusted with this responsibility, it's an honor," McQueen said.

"I just want to let the community know, we're here for you. We're here to protect you; we're here to answer any questions you have and to try to resolve any matters you have.

"We're officers here to serve the public in whatever way we can ... that's our main goal out here."

Wyndham said he was pleased with the choices of police chief and fire chief.

"They are a huge part of our community," Wyndham said. "It's a career path that they're very dedicated to. As Mayor, I feel like we are in very good hands with the individuals we have on board. I really look forward to working with them.

"I have the upmost confidence in these folks."

Wyndham also conducted a swearing in ceremony for new Police Captain Dennis Archer.


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What happened to the old ones?

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 9:28 PM

Politics at it's finest.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 10:32 PM

Change mayor change people always will be that way every new mayor needs their own right hand people to do what they want.

-- Posted by oknow on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 12:44 AM

Good luck Clint in your new responsibilities!

-- Posted by brazilian on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 8:33 AM

Ok but where did the old ones go? Mc Donalds?

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 9:15 AM

Well the more things change the more they stay the same, the EXACT thing people were bitching about Bradshaw doing, putting in their relatives, is what this guy just did right here. This tells me this administration has only the betterment of him and his family at the top of his list, not the betterment of the city. Why am I not shocked at all we need real leadership just the same as we do in the Federal Gov. this is why things never improve.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 10:39 AM

Congratulations, Chief McQueen & Captain Archer ~

Only great things can happen now ~ Best of Luck!

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 10:44 AM

carebuttonbroke,

They have all retired or moved on. Loudermilk is the last of the older officers as far as length of service and he is ready to retire and that makes Dave Archer and Todd Stemm the oldest. Whittington retired, Zuel retired, Harrison quit. Its a young mans ball field now!

-- Posted by driverdude on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 10:52 AM

Ombudsman,

From what I'm hearing from within the department Clint was the second choice. It was offered to someone else who turned it down.

I have known Clint for many years, worked with him for several of them. I do beleive this was a good choice. Good luck Clint!

-- Posted by driverdude on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 11:01 AM

Prayers and best wishes to the police department. I am sure the guys and gal are excited for things to get back on track. Clint and Dennis will do great things for the community and the police department.

-- Posted by getit2gether on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 11:23 AM

Clint's a marshmellow and Dennis will run his little playground as he sees fit. Clint doesn't have to call the Mayor "Boss", "Brian" or "Mr. Wyndham"... he can call him "Uncle Brian", because that's what he is. Let the show begin.

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 7:08 PM

Let the fun begin. Yes i'm old, but what happened to the days that you must reside in the city limits to be a Patrol Officer in Brazil. Now I see the cars parked all over the co. Sure glad I don't live in town, driving on the streets is bad enough. Oh yes, what happened to the days of hiring the best folks for the positions regardless of family or politics?

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 7:54 PM

The consensus here agrees with me, other than a couple of cops the one said he'd worked with mcQueen so thats the only job McQueen has had so its kissin up to praise him after the fact, regardless time will prove that this administration is a carbon copy of all the others complete with nepotism, I'm sure thats why the cops were campaigning for wyndam for the obvious reason, you get more room to do whatever, since the uncle is putting you in charge if he gets in.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 9:02 PM

the cars parked all over the county started with Bradshaw, not Wyndham.

my dime, eaglesnest, and budwieser. you are just idiot's and don't get all the facts straight before you spew.

-- Posted by xray on Fri, Jan 6, 2012, at 9:36 PM

If I understand most of you correctly, anyone with any family members in a leadership position should have no chance of promotion or advancement in his/her career. That just sounds ridiculus. Clint earned this promotion, he did that by over 10 years of service. By no means am I saying that nepotism does not happen, but this time I think it is a coincident. Clint would have had this opportunity whether Wyndam won or not.

Obviously those of you opposed to Clint becoming chief do not know him that well. He would arrest his mom if she had committed a crime. He is an exceptional person, combined with being highly qualified.

-- Posted by ynm_gop on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 5:17 AM

I usually stay far away of these comment sections...however I must state emphatically, that Clint McQueen is one of the most honest, outstanding police officers I have ever met. I have worked in LE and with the BPD in the past. I can tell you now, it will be "by the book" for Mr. McQueen, and anyone that thinks otherwise has already been jaded by their own short-sighted narrow-mindedness. Please give the administration a chance to do what they can do for Brazil. Good luck leaders of Brazil, do us proud!

A taxpayer, citizen of Brazil!

-- Posted by RickS on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 3:24 PM

Your right xray this S--- started long before Bradshaw. I think you had better get all the facts. None the less I don't give a S--- what you think, I don't live in your beautiful City, Thank goodness.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 7:27 PM

I think the speculation might as well end sit back and watch the excuses for the roads, the no show by the cops on some calls and whatever else they decide to dig out the same old tired overused excuses the very same ones they bitched about when Bradshaw was in and Crabb and all the way back to pickett who had his hand in the till and the whole decline began and continues today.The roads are deplorable and unsafe if we ever , ever, have newcomers move here they should be offered a driving in Brazil course to help save their vehicles until the unevitable and they fall apart. My final comment on this B.S. is it only goes so far the wonderful comments and the pollyanna desriptions of nepotism, it will all be proven in the end, same old B.S.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Jan 7, 2012, at 8:43 PM

Eaglesnest 1,

If you were smart enough to research the law you would know that requiring a officer to live within the city limits of the city they work for is a violation of state law. Do a little research before running your mouth.

-- Posted by let it be known on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 9:13 AM

McQueen is the best choice. He is educated and has the experience needed. He has the personal skills of being honest and trustworthy. He is a highly dedicated and motivated individual. This was the best choice. I have worked with him at the department and know his enthusiasm.

He will run the department as a team. That's what we need.

Great job Mayor! Good luck Clint!

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 4:34 PM

I believe in six months everyone will be complaining about the job Wyndam is doing. You guys just can't help yourselves.

-- Posted by commanche on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 4:46 PM

Well I believe I predicted this a few weeks ago. The Archers campaigned for him and it paid off they even placed Mary Jo in the newly made position and of course I knew Clint would be chief due to cous. This sure is a big deal and was just such a pressing issue now the whole town will be better and all of our problems will be solved, the grass will be greener and the sky will be bluer. This town is insane over our chiefs. Of course sooner or later they are going to have to actually do the job and that will be interesting. I say we better all get together and draft Mark Loudermilk to run for sheriff next election or we will be in trouble.

-- Posted by Zen on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 9:25 PM

why is it the same people keep posting negative comments about everybody and everything, if you people dont like it so much run for office or shut your yap

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 9:51 PM

Just remembered--did we all forget that Kenny Crabb was Terry Harrison's uncle. And the bit of Clint being a detective for BPD, he forgot to mention he couldn't solve even one case - threw up his hands and said I don't want to do this anymore. Hmmmmmm interesting.

-- Posted by Zen on Sun, Jan 8, 2012, at 10:14 PM

Some people just love to complain! The mayors office had no way to go but up, it couldn't have gotten worse. Clint has been around a long time, in a viewers eyes not connected to anyone, he seems very sincere and respectful of the citizens. This is what I look at, I believe he can do the job, and will do it with honor. As far as Wyndham, best of luck, I will believe in him unless I am proven otherwise. And if you think you can do either of these better. Start Campaigning!!!!!

-- Posted by mamawpam on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 6:34 AM

These comments are open for anyone to comment on. Sadly, this is including people that McQueen may have arrested or had interactions with through the police department. These interactions may have been negative. The police usually deal with a lot of negative interactions and they have a lack of community support.

Please support Chief Mcqueen. Please also support the Archers. These people put their lives at risk DAILY. They are great people. I hope Mary Jo does work for the City... She is a positive person and another tremendous person. David is also... Dennis is full of knowledge and another highly motivated individual.

As far as our Sheriff goes... we have the best in the state.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 8:48 AM

Con job , i'll try to have an open mind but the facts are speaking volumes of the truth, ask yourselves why things NEVER improve here, quit acting like everyone is doing a wonderful job, oblivious to the facts screaming in your face NO they're not, just spending more money creating extra positions, Umbaugh Assoc. did all the accounting work really didn't need the clerk to be honest about it, Brazil need to cut out hiring extras and fix some streets, nothing will ever change until the real concern is for the city, not for a mayor and his family and close friends.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 9:52 AM

This administration has been in place a week and people are already throwing stones? If this mayor has more than three police chiefs in four years, then we can make some comparisons. Also, there is a big difference between bringing in people you trust at the beginning of your administration and moving your family around throughout the entire run you are in office just to make sure they have a job. Give this group a few months to clean up the mess they were left with. If they fail, I'll be on here complaining about them too.

-- Posted by CaptDan on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 4:48 PM

Amen, Ombudsman.

-- Posted by Zen on Mon, Jan 9, 2012, at 9:10 PM

Every administration has small flaws. Not everyone will see it being "perfectly" ran the way they want it... because everyone is different. If you look at it in a positive manner and look at the overall picture your view point may change, instead of only constricting yourself to the small picture. Be positive....look at the big picture.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 7:07 AM

I wonder how many of the complainers ever got a job working because of your Mommy/Daddy, Aunt/Uncle, brother/sister or friend? I know I have.

Your hypocrisy is limitless, it seems - and amusing.

I support Wyndam and McQueen. I'm ready to see where they take this administration .. and look forward to the day when the hypocrites get their words shoved down their throats. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 12:01 PM

Loudermilk as Sheriff..please..what a joke!

-- Posted by Berniesmom on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 3:20 PM

I agree with Berniesmom!!!

-- Posted by ccc on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 6:34 PM

Now lets see people complained about Bradshaw having family in office and now look funny now how is that working for you.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 12:27 AM

How one treats people and speaks about people personally, publicly, or behind their backs, whether it be constructive criticism or cruel attacks and gossip shows good, honorable, and trustworthy character or bitter, mean-spirited character. Yes, we all have freedom of speech and have the right and honor of giving our opinions, but when someone is offering an opinion that is rude, bitter, hateful, and sarcastic about the individual(s) working to TRY and make a difference in our community, remember that they have family members and friends who are deeply affected by spiteful words that are being spoken about their loved ones. It's called RESPECT. Finally, we are suppose to be role models for our children and the youth of our world. I truly believe that we have a fantastic community with great people, but when I read some of these comments, it's disturbing. I personally know some of the people who have been spoken about on this forum and I can't even imagine how hurt they feel and how hurt the ones who love and care about them feel, because negative words can cut like a knife. There really is no excuse.Challenge my post. It's completely fine. I stand by it.~ Lisa Alsip

-- Posted by lissco on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 6:21 PM

Clint,

Known you personally since your first breath and what kind of man you have grown to be. Just remember negativity breeds negativity so just ignore those with the negative thoughts and put your best foot forward. As long as you do your job to the best of your ability no one can ask more than that. You have to please yourself before you can please others and you will never please all the people all of the time. Good luck and if I can help you in any way feel free to ask.

-- Posted by Rebel L on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 2:30 PM


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