Brian Dillard, a longtime veteran of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, was advanced to the rank of lieutenant.

Newly appointed Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte presents a lieutenant’s badge to Brian Dillard. Dillard was promoted because of his hard work and dedication to the department, Handte said. (C.W. Wilkinson photo)

Brian Dillard, a longtime veteran of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, was advanced to the rank of lieutenant.

Dillard’s promotion was one of Stewart Handte’s first official acts as sheriff.

Handte said Dillard was brought to his attention by Patty Thyne, Undersheriff.

“I chose Brian Dillard based on my undersheriff telling me he had been doing an exemplary job in his position as sergeant,” Handte said.

“He is an asset to this department and I felt this promotion was long overdue, thus the promotion was made.”

Handte also said Dillard spent much of the last year taking on the duties of a lieutenant, and the promotion represents a recognition of the work he was already doing.

Dillard will fill an empty position near the top of the organizational structure of the department.

Handte described the structure of the department as a pyramid—deputies at the bottom, overseen by sergeants, overseen by the lieutenant. Above the lieutenant are the undersheriff and the sheriff, who reports in turn to the Board of County Commissioners.

“[Dillard’s] well respected in the community, he does a very excellent job, as far as I’m concerned, for the department, he’s energetic, he’s outgoing, he’s very knowledgeable,” Handte said. “I’m going to actually assign him more tasks because he’s that much of a valued asset to this department. He’s ready to do what’s required of him.”

Handte said he would like Dillard to move into a mostly administrative role one day, but for now he’ll still spend time on the streets.