Bryan City Council met in special session Monday and approved the promotion of Michael Willis to be the next chief of police in Bryan.
Willis will fill the shoes of outgoing chief Jeff Arnold, who is stepping down and retiring effective Sept. 14.
Mayor Doug Johnson told the Bryan Times that four candidates applied for the job and each underwent exhaustive interviews by an interview committee.
Following those interviews, the committee unanimously recommended Willis to be the next Police Chief.
Willis began his law enforcement career in 1985 as a road patrol officer with the Montpelier Police Department.
In 1989 he joined the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.
In 1991 he began work with the Bryan Police Department.
Willis’ career highlights include a 1992 nomination for Officer of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police and the 1996 Officer of the Year award issued by the Bryan Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
According to The Times, Willis’ starting annual salary will be $60,000 annually.