Special to The Mississippi Link
JACKSON – Dolph Bryan, the former sheriff of Oktibbeha County, was recently honored by the FBI and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Daniel McMullen.
Bryan was recognized for his more than 40 years of service to the citizens of Mississippi and for his support of and contributions to the FBI’s investigative and training efforts in the state of Mississippi.
Bryan was honored at a ceremony held during the FBI’s National Academy retrainer in Jackson, Mississippi. Over 60 graduates of the FBI’s National Academy and law enforcement officers from numerous federal, state, and local agencies were in attendance as SAC McMullen presented an engraved plaque to Sheriff Bryan.
Bryan, who was born and raised in Starkville, began his career as an Oktibbeha County Deputy Sheriff in May 1973. He was elected sheriff of Oktibbeha County in 1976 and served in that position until January 2012. Bryan is a graduate of the 178th Session of the National Academy, which ran from July 10 to September 23, 1994. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the FBI’s Mississippi Joint Terrorism Task Force and is the current chairman of the Law Enforcement Coordinating committee under the direction of the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Mississippi.
Reflective of Bryan’s commitment to children, he co-chaired the organizing of the state of Mississippi’s Crime Stoppers Program and was instrumental in organizing the Mississippi Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranches for homeless and abused children, and he has served as chairman of its board of directors. Bryan also serves on the board of directors of the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus.