A long-standing member of the Brenham Police Department now has a new title.
Lloyd Powell has been promoted to assistant chief. The police department announced the promotion on Monday via its Facebook page.
First sworn in to the Brenham Police Department in August 1997, Powell has served as captain since August 2015 and has been second in command of the department since last year.
City Manager Carolyn Miller said Powell "has earned this promotion through hard work and dedicated service to our community," and that the city is "thankful for his continued commitment to the department and officers."
Powell has been honored several times during his tenure with the department, being named police officer of the year in 2000 and 2007 and receiving a meritorious service medal last August. He was temporarily the department’s acting chief while Chief Ron Parker recovered from a stroke earlier this year.
Powell said, "I chose Brenham PD because Brenham is home. When I decided to get into law enforcement, I wanted to protect the people that I know and love. The citizens here are not just numbers, they are my family and friends, and the people who have molded me. If I’m going to risk my life I could think of no better place to do it."