William M. Brodnax

Office of the Chief
Title: Chief of Police
Phone: 972-412-6202

City of Rowlett Chief of Police William Michael Brodnax, B.A., M.A., CPM

Chief Brodnax comes to the Rowlett Police Department in 2012 as a 34 year veteran with the City of DeSoto, Texas.

During his tenure with DeSoto, Chief Brodnax supervised or served in most all divisions within the Department, including Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, Tactical Unit, and Field Training Officer. He served as Interim Chief from 1996 until his appointment as Chief of Police in 1997, a position he held until 2012. He is a certified Master Peace Officer and TECLEOSE certified instructor.

In addition to his police experience Chief Brodnax brings to Rowlett his past supervision of the multi-agency Dallas County Auto Theft Task Force, twenty years of Local Government Code (143 Civil Service) experience, seventeen years experience with a CALEA agency. He is a State of Texas Certified Public Manager and a Certified Mediator with membership in Alternative Dispute Resolution with State Bar of Texas.

Chief Brodnax was awarded an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian University of Dallas, a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Dallas Baptist University.

He is a graduate of the Management College at Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, the Advanced Management College at Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, the Best Southwest Leadership Series, the prestigious 212th FBI National Academy, and has 3480 TECLEOSE education hours.

Interacting with the community Chief Brodnax is a past president of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association and holds memberships in the Texas Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Police Chiefs, and the North Texas Crime Commission.

Among other accomplishments he oversaw the construction of a new police facility for the City of DeSoto from concept to completion, formed and managed a regional detention facility processing over 7000 prisoners per year, introduced a program to partner police and citizens which is effective in identifying and resolving code violations and criminal activity in the neighborhoods, and formed a joint mission with police and local clergy working together to address youth issues.

He created a Special Response Team for response to critical incidents and partnered with the IRS in bringing the southern High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area to south Dallas County and Ellis County.

Chief Brodnax introduced a police program employing a specially equipped trailer for immediate removal of graffiti, adopted less lethal force technology for issue to patrol officers, issued personal voice and video recording systems to line officers, encouraged higher education programs for officers, and initiated the Public Service Officer program allowing specially trained civilian employees to address a significant range of issues previously handled by certified police officers. 

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