Search for BPD Chief Set to Begin

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Bryan's search for a new police chief will go national.

City Manager David Watkins announced Tuesday that he is encouraging people within the department to apply, but that a firm will be hired to conduct a search.

Watkins also said a community committee will be formed to provide input on the selection.

Mike Strope is currently serving in a part-time role as chief. He will remain in that capacity until his replacement is found. Watkins says he wants to have a new chief in August.

Strope announced his intentions to retire in October 2005.