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Police chief tenders his resignation
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Police Chief Bryan Denton has resigned, effective Dec. 31.

McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton has announced his resignation.

“I have thought about this for a long time,” said Denton. “I just feel the drive and enthusiasm starting to fade and it’s time to pass the torch.”

Denton’s final day with the department is Dec. 31 in order to allow city officials time to find a replacement. 

Denton’s distinguished law enforcement career spans almost four decades. In August of 2020, he had served the community in which he lives for 39 years. He was appointed chief in 2011 after the resignation of Charlie Sewell.

Denton expressed his appreciation to the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen and city administrator Nolan Ming. 

“I’ve been lucky to have a board and boss that have been supportive and not politicized the police department. I know of other departments where that is not the case and it becomes a heavy burden for the department.”

More time with family is his goal.

“This job takes massive amounts of time and in reality you never get a day off,” said Denton. “At this point in my life, while I have my health, I feel that I owe my family time that in the past has been scarce.”

Denton indicated he will be happy to assist in picking the next police chief, if asked.

"Even with my shortcomings, I hope you all agree that I've been a team player and know I'll do my best as police chief to the last minute," said Denton. "I sincerely appreciate all of you."

Denton got his start with Warren County Sheriff's Department where he worked for around a year. He then joined McMinnville Police Department as a patrolman and would work his way up the ranks.

Among his accomplishments, Denton is a graduate of the FBI Academy.