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City Manager Michael Spurgeon has chosen Brandon Berryhill to lead the Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) as its next police chief.Berryhill is a 23 year veteran with the BAPD, including the last six years as Deputy Chief. He has also been serving as Acting Chief of Police since former Chief David Boggs retired at the end of August. The City conducted a national search for candidates and narrowed down the field to two finalists in late September.“The City of Broken Arrow had an awesome group of candidates for the Chief’s position, and I’m excited to introduce Chief Brandon Berryhill to the Police Department and Broken Arrow community” Spurgeon said. “Both of the finalists were extremely well qualified, and I’m glad the decision was somewhat difficult for me to make. In the end, I always want to do what is best for the organization.”The City Manager says he selected Brandon for three primary reasons: the department vision Berryhill outlined during the interviews, his proven leadership abilities, and his long-standing involvement in the communityA press conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Public Safety Complex to announce the decision.One of Berryhill’s accomplishments with BAPD is beginning a program to address problems associated with juvenile truancy, larceny and problems at home in 2000. Since then, the Juvenile Accountability Group ultimately received the Oklahoma Municipal League Innovations Award. The program also earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services for “Best Practices” in the top 2 percent among 15,000 law enforcement agencies.Berryhill began his career in law enforcement with the University of Central Oklahoma Campus Police Department while he completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Berryhill also holds a master’s in criminal justice from Northeastern State University.Other training Berryhill has completed includes the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University; the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program at the University of Colorado; the 219th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute in Oklahoma City.During his law enforcement career, Berryhill has served with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Victim Services Committee, the Oklahoma Emergency Responders Assistance Program Advisory Council, and the Region 1 representative to the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) Advisory Council.Berryhill has also served as an adjunct criminal justice faculty member at both Tulsa Community College and NSU.Residing in Broken Arrow since joining the force, Berryhill is active in the community. He has participated in Leadership Broken Arrow, the Broken Arrow Masonic Lodge, First United Methodist Church, the Broken Arrow Patriotism Committee and has volunteered for various Broken Arrow Public Schools functions.