William J. Bryant assumed command of the Arkansas State Police on January 12th, 2015. He was appointed to the position of State Police Director by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
In making the announcement Governor Hutchinson stated, “Bill’s extensive experience at all levels within the law enforcement community makes him the ideal person for this key law enforcement position. While I served as Administrator of the DEA, I had the privilege of working with Bill on both drug enforcement efforts and my initiatives to strengthen drug education and prevention programs. Bill’s integrity and dedication is respected by law enforcement professionals across the nation and I have no doubt that Bill will be a great leader of the Arkansas State Police.”
At the time of his appointment Colonel Bryant had amassed nearly 40 years of law enforcement including stints as a criminal investigator and assistant special agent in charge of the Little Rock District Office for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Colonel Bryant spent 30 years of his career with the DEA, 20 years of which were spent in Arkansas working alongside the Arkansas State Police and local police and sheriff’s departments from all over the state.
Colonel Bryant has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Police Science and Administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
A timeline of his career is as follows:
1976-1978: Began his law enforcement career with the Sam Houston State University Police Department in Huntsville, Texas.
1978-1984: Went to work for the Huntsville, Texas Police Department where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division. 1984-1991: Began his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, served at the Dallas Divisional Office.
1991-1996: Assigned to the Little Rock Resident Office where he worked as a Criminal Investigator. 1996-1998: Promoted to Group Supervisor at the Little Rock Resident Office. 1998-1999: Named Resident Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Resident Office.
1999-2000: Transferred to DEA Headquarters Office of Inspections, where he served as an Inspector.
2000-2001: Assigned as a detailee to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary and Subcommittee on Crime.
2001: Promoted to Special Assistant to the Chief of Domestic Operations.
2001: Assigned to serve as the Chief of the Office of Congressional Affairs. Mr. Bryant served as Chief of Congressional Affairs under DEA Administrator Donnie Marshall and DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson.
2002-2014: Served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock District Office in the New Orleans Field Division until his retirement in January 2014.
2014: Began new career as the State Director for the Gulf Coast HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) initiatives in Arkansas and Memphis, TN. Those areas in Arkansas include Benton, Washington, Jefferson and Pulaski Counties.