More than 230 people poured into the Multipurpose Center in Stallion Springs on Aug. 17 to celebrate the retirement of outgoing Stallion Springs' Police Chief Brad Burris. The mood was light, the anecdotes were humorous and the sentiment was genuine. Burris is a Stallion Springs treasure and he will be missed.
With more than two decades as the chief of police for the Stallion Springs CSD, Burris served a changing community.
"In the beginning, I knew every single resident but as more and more people moved in, I lost the ability to know every face and remember every name," Burris said. "That said, I remained committed to the community policing the residents have grown to appreciate and expect."
Burris was honored by the Kern County Chief's Association, the office of the 2nd District County Supervisor Zack Scrivner, the office of California State Senator Jean Fuller, and by his own department and other law enforcement personnel as incoming SSCSD Chief Michael Grant bestowed Burris with a Medal of Distinctive Service and active and retired law enforcement personnel saluted his service to the community.
Stallion Springs' CERT gave him his own CERT vest and encouraged him to participate in the next CERT training, this time as a volunteer. The community joined together to give Burris, and his wife, Chris, a weekend away in Paso Robles.
"My kids grew up here," Burris said. "My parents lived and died here. My friends are here. Stallion Springs is my home and will remain my home. Your words and gifts humble and honor me. Thank you."
Burris is succeeded by Sgt. Michael Grant, who was sworn in during the Aug. 20 Stallion Springs board of director's meeting.
"I leave the community in excellent hands," Burris said. "Mike Grant and Gary Crowell are ready to lead the organization. Their commitment to Stallion Springs is evident and their experience in law enforcement is impressive. They will serve the community well."
Brad and Chris reside in Stallion Springs. Brad is spending his newly-found free puttering in the garage.