City Manager Patti McLauchlin, during Tuesday's City Commission meeting, honored Police Chief Sean Brandenburg for his 20 years of service to Key West.
Surrounded by colleagues, commissioners, the mayor, and his wife Julie, Chief Brandenburg was presented a 20-year coin and gold watch commemorating his service.
"We thank you, Sean, for your many years of service," said McLauchlin.
"It's an honor to make this milestone in my career." Said, Brandenburg. "I still enjoy going to work every day. The two big reasons for that are the fine men and women of the Key West Police Department and our community support. And by community support, I also mean our law enforcement community. Nowhere else do you see the city, county, state, federal, and the military get along the way we do in Key West."
McLauchlin recalled the many contributions and milestones in Chief Brandenburg's career in presenting the honors. Hired on April 1, 2002, "Sean started on the night shift, quickly becoming a K-9 handler. He was paired with his K-9 Wind, who would serve faithfully by his side for the next several years."
In 2005, he was promoted to Sergeant, and in 2010, Brandenburg and Wind were assigned to the Special Investigations Unit or narcotics unit.
"During his time in narcotics, Sean was the unit leader," said McLauchlin, "working closely with our local, state, and federal partners to combat the opioid epidemic that was beginning to take hold in the US and Florida. In one six-month stint, while working with a special task force from the DEA, his unit filed over 250 felony charges against individuals selling drugs in Key West."
Brandenburg was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012. In 2014, he was promoted to Administrative Captain.
While he was Captain, Brandenburg attended the prestigious FBI National Academy, an honor less than one percent of Law Enforcement worldwide are selected to attend.
On December 3, 2018, he was promoted to Police Chief.
"As Chief, he has continued to strive to improve the agency's relationship with the community," McLauchlin noted. "Sean is a member of Rotary, Business Guild, Cooking with Love, and Military Affairs Committee and sits on various boards, including Keys to be the Change, Wesley House, Love Fund, and PAL. Sean is also an enormous supporter of Special Olympics, MARC House, and Autism Society of the Keys, hence the Blue Badge. Sean has received numerous awards, such as Life Saving, Officer of the Quarter, Unit Award, and the Chief's Commendation, for his work throughout his tenure."