Gilliard appointed interim police chief

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

City Manager John D’Agostino named Assistant Chief Brian Gilliard as the acting chief of police Tuesday night. 

Gilliard will serve as acting chief after Chief Debra Duncan retires Sept. 1.

D’Agostino said they will undergo a search for the new chief and his preference is an internal search. He said at the meeting that he seeks the council’s input on an internal or external search, though noted that he prefers and internal search.

“There will be continuity at this point in time,” D’Agostino said.

This will be D’Agostino’s third time selecting a police chief, he said, noting that it is one of the most important aspects of the city manager’s job. 

At the end of the day, he said, they will have the most competent and confident candidate leading the Monroe Police Department. 

Duncan was honored at the city council meeting. Mayor Bobby Kilgore read a resolution and they presented her with a watch. He joked that they would have run out of paper if she had accomplished anything else, after listing numerous accomplishments in the resolution.

The accomplishments listed included establishing the GREAT program in Monroe Schools, implement a violent crimes task force and obtaining accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2007, then again in 2010 and 2013.

“I could not have done it without the men and women of the Monroe Police Department,” Duncan said. She said it had been an “honor and a privilege” to serve as their police chief. 

She received a standing ovation from council and everyone packed into the council chambers.