By Patty Montagno
Sachse’s new top cop will be Bryan Sylvester announced City Manager and Search Committee Chairman Gina Nash July 3.
Sylvester is the assistant police chief for the city of Richardson. He was selected from a candidate pool of four. The original group started with almost 30 people applying for the city’s top police job. The Waters Consulting Agency conducted the search.
Sylvester will start his new position Aug. 3. His base salary will be $125,000.
The city manager said she chose Sylvester because of his outstanding experience throughout his police career. “Sachse is fortunate to have a police chief with the breadth and depth of knowledge as well as leadership skills,” she said. “No doubt he will make great contributions to our city leadership team and to the citizens of Sachse.”
Nash said that all four finalists looked impressive on paper and her decision weighed heavily on interaction with people and the community. All four participated in onsite interviews June 26.
The four finalists were Sylvester, city of Greenville Police Chief Daniel Buskin; Lewisville Captain Kevin Deaver and Colleyville Assistant Chief Robert Hinton.
“I’m really excited about becoming the next chief of police of Sachse,” Sylvester said. “This is a great town. I was initially drawn to Sachse due to the department’s demonstrated commitment to community policing, professionalism and excellent customer service.”
Sylvester has been employed with the city of Richardson since 1992. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University and is a graduate of the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration’s Management College, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas’s Leadership Command College and the FBI National Academy.
Initially serving as a patrol officer and specialized crime detective, Sylvester was promoted through the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant, serving in various units.
In 2007, he was appointed to the position of captain and has commanded both the Investigations and Patrol Divisions. In 2009, he was appointed to assistant chief. He served on the departmental SWAT team from 2000 to 2008, and is a state instructor in the Incident Command System. In addition he is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Rotary International.
The Sachse Police Chief serves as the chief administrator of the police department and is responsible for policy development, control, supervision, and program implementation of the department and is accountable for the effective delivery of police services to the community.
“The department works closely with neighboring police agencies and with the Garland Independent School District with school resource officers stationed at the local GISD secondary campuses,” Nash said. “To enhance connection with the community, SPD offers a Citizen Police Academy and Neighborhood Crime Watch. A variety of crime prevention and safety programs are offered for adults, youth and senior citizens”
Todd Renshaw has been acting as interim chief since February, filling the position that was vacated when former Chief Dennis Veach who retired after holding the position for eight years.