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Brenham Chief of Police, Ron Parker, Announces Retirement

Ron Parker headshotAfter a distinguished career spanning over thirty-five years, Chief Ron Parker announced his retirement from the Brenham Police Department effective March 2024. Chief Parker brought a wealth of experience and leadership to Brenham when he assumed the role of Police Chief on March 2, 2020.

Chief Parker's impressive background includes a diverse range of educational achievements, holding an Associate's degree in Engineering Technology, an Associate's in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master's in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management. His commitment to professional development is evident through his completion of the FBI Law Enforcement Executives Course and the Command Staff Leadership Course at Sam Houston State University.

A dedicated public servant, Chief Parker is currently affiliated with prominent organizations such as the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition, Texas Police Chief's Association, and International Police Chief's Association. He has contributed to the field through publications with the Texas State Historical Society and holds the esteemed title of Leadership Fellow by the Texas Municipal League's Inaugural Leadership Academy.

Chief Parker's impact on law enforcement education extended to his role as an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, reflecting his commitment to shaping the next generation of criminal justice professionals. In his tenure with the Brenham Police Department, Chief Parker continued to serve as an assessor for the Texas Police Chiefs Association's Recognition Program, further showcasing his dedication to fostering excellence within the law enforcement community.

Beyond his professional achievements, Chief Parker is a proud veteran of the United States Army National Guard, where he served in Field Artillery. Chief Parker and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 43 years, and have two grown children, and four grandchildren.

City Manager Carolyn Miller expressed, "Chief Parker's retirement signifies the culmination of an extraordinary career characterized by steadfast dedication, exemplary leadership, and a profound influence on the law enforcement community. The City of Brenham extends its heartfelt appreciation for Chief Parker's service and extends sincere wishes for a retirement that is both well-deserved and fulfilling."

Chief Parker will be recognized at the March 7, 2024, City Council meeting, followed by a reception in his honor at the Brenham Police Department at 1800 Longwood Dr. Brenham, TX 77833.