Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood told the public on Monday, Jan. 4, that while the Town of Millsboro may be losing their best motorcycle police officer, they’re gaining an excellent chief.
The Town is also losing an “acting chief,” which had been Brian Calloway’s title until he was officially sworn in as Millsboro’s new official police chief at Monday’s town council meeting, in front of friends, family, co-workers and those who have inspired him throughout his 18-year police career.
“I’ve known him for 14 years. Brian, by the looks of this room, you’ve made a lot of friends, and that says a lot about your character,” Thoroughgood said. “We’re going to lose our motorcycle police officer, but we’re gaining an excellence chief. I’ve got the upmost resect for you, and I just wanted you to know that.”
During his career, Calloway has garnered honors including being named Municipal Police Officer of the Year for the state of Delaware by the Delaware League of Local Governments in 2008, Millsboro’s Officer of the Year in 2004 and multiple life-saving awards. He’s also been instrumental in developing programs including the Citizen’s Police Academy, Police Business Academy and the department’s motor unit, in addition to spending time working with the school resource officer program.
Despite his various achievements and accolades, Calloway attributed his success to those who have inspired him along the way, and support from his wife and the officers of his department.
“I can remember 18 years ago being a young man, 22 years of age, and being given the chance by the Town of Millsboro to be a police officer, and remembering how proud I was to wear that uniform,” he said. “I want to thank the Town of Millsboro for the many opportunities that they’ve bestowed upon me.
“I want to thank the members of my police department that are here. We’ve had a lot of challenges, and I feel like we’ve been able to work together to be successful. I’ve told them from the beginning that they don’t work for me — I work for them. I work for the people.”
And even though the festivities of the occasion may be over with, Calloway knows that the work is not. Noting the challenges that are sure to lie ahead, he explained that he’s ready to take them on.
“I look forward to the challenges, because I know there will be many,” he said. “I look forward to working with the Town of Millsboro and the council. I look forward to working for my police department and the people of Millsboro.”