By Patty Montagno
Bryan Sylvester, Sachse’s new Chief of Police, started his job Aug. 3. Later that evening at the city council meeting, Sylvester was officially sworn into office.
“I’m really excited about being chief of police of Sachse,” Sylvester said. “This is a great city.”
The former assistant police chief of Richardson 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. As the chief, the base salary for the position is $125,000.
City Manager Gina Nash said she chose Bryan 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.”
Todd Renshaw had been acting as interim chief since February, filling the position that was vacated when former Chief Dennis Veach retired after holding the position for eight years.
Nash explained that the 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,” she said.
To enhance the connection with the community, SPD offers a Citizens Police Academy and Neighborhood Crime Watch. In addition, a variety of crime prevention and safety programs are offered for adults, youth and senior citizens.
Sylvester said he has spent his first few days in office immersing himself in departmental procedures, programs and personnel.
“I am very impressed with Sachse PD,” he said. “Please do not hesitate to call us. We’ll be right out. That’s our job.”