Former Sand Springs Chief of Police and Assistant City Manager Daniel Bradley was presented with the John M. Hess Award for Outstanding Citizenship at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.
Bradley began his career as a Patrol Sergeant for the SSPD and worked his way up to Chief of Police. He spent 35 years with the department and 20 years in its highest position. He transitioned to the Assistant City Manager position for three years before retiring.
“The early years especially were not fun because I didn’t have the Mike Carters and the Todd Enzbrenners with me,” said Bradley. “Sometime’s it’s not popular and it’s not easy to do right… In the early years things were corrupt in the police department. The real early years, none of those guys are left here anymore. I was just looking for anything I could clean up.”
Outgoing Mayor Mike Burdge presented the award and read a Mayoral Proclamation during his last act as Mayor before his term expired. “There are few people since 1971 that I can honestly say I would go to war with,” said Burdge, a Vietnam Veteran. “Daniel Bradley, I would walk point for you any day.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man do a job with more passion,” closed Burdge. “I served with lot of heroes…but none of them hold a candle to Daniel Bradley.”