Crime & Courts

Gilliard named Monroe police chief

Bryan Gilliard, who has been Monroe’s interim police chief for nine months, now has the job full time.

Gilliard was appointed police chief Tuesday by City Manager Rob Hites, who is himself serving in an interim role. Gilliard replaces Debra Duncan, who retired Sept. 1.

Gilliard is an 18-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department and was assistant chief for three years before he became interim chief last September. Since then, Gilliard has restructured the department and promoted several officers.

“In working with Chief Gilliard, I have found him to be a steady, focused person who understands the role of police chief in the community,” Hites said. “He has demonstrated to me that he has a deep understanding of the many faces of Monroe.”

Gilliard, who will direct a department of 101 employees, including 87 sworn officers, earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte, a master’s from Pfeiffer University, and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

“I am truly humbled by this appointment and will continue to provide the excellent service our residents have come to expect from the Monroe Police Department,” Gilliard said.

Gilliard is a Union County native and has served on several community boards, including the American Red Cross, United Way, Monroe Rotary and Alliance for Children.