P.J. Brewer, formerly with the Wilton Police Department was announced as Hank Priest's replacement at the Nov. 7 city council meeting.
...Brewer began his career as a reserve officer for the Muscatine County Police Department in 1980.In 1989 he began working full-time and was promoted to the position of deputy sheriff.He
continued to move up in ranks throughout the next decade.He was promoted to sergeant in 1992, then to lieutenant in 1993 and, finally, to chief deputy in 1997 where he remained until January of 2001.
While at Muscatine County
was also a member of the Water Rescue Team where he
received a Governor's Valor Award along with West Liberty resident, Tom Campbell and Muscatine County chief deputy Dave White.They received this award after they performed two water rescues in the Mississippi River.
"It was really an honor," Brewer
In 1997 the chief of the Muscatine County Police Department
for a drug arrest also gave him a commendation for bravery. After leaving Muscatine County, Brewer worked part-time with the Fruitland Police Department before he and his wife moved to Phoenix, Ariz.
While in Phoenix, Brewer
worked in the heating and air conditioning business.His
father had been in the business for 25 years in Muscatine and Brewer
grew up working for his
father was also a volunteer firefighter, which is what attracted Brewer to law enforcement.Unfortunately Brewer was unable to join the local fire department.
At the time, his
uncle was a firefighter in that department and there was a rule that prohibited two people from the same family to serve in the same department.
So that's when Brewer
decided to try out the police force.As a cadet in Muscatine in 1979 Brewer
said that he
, "enjoyed riding with the guys" so he
decided to make a career out of it.In 2004 Brewer ran for sheriff of Muscatine County.He
didn't win and says that he
doesn't know if he
will ever run again.After that he came to West Liberty.From 2004 until January of 2006, Brewer worked full-time for the West Liberty Police Department.
"I met a lot of great people in the community," Brewer
said."I really like the people here.I want to be a part of the community and really get involved."Brewer
said that his
main goal as chief will be to get involved with the kids of West Liberty
said that the kids are very important and he
looks forward to getting them involved in activities that will turn them away from "wannabe" gangs.Brewer
said that he
believes that the West Liberty Police Department
is a "we" department, not an "I" department and he
looks forward to working with the team of officers that he
has joined. "Jason [Shippee] did an excellent job as acting chief," Brewer added.