A Katy Family in Law Enforcement
You may know Chuck Brawner as our City Councilman (who invited the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to visit Katy in July), but also as chief of the Spring Branch ISD police department where he has served for 18 years and counting. He and his wife Marcy moved to Old Town Katy in 2001 with their three now-grown children, Paige Yates, Brian Brawner and Kendall Willis.
It is their son, Sargeant Brian Brawner, who has followed in the professional footsteps of his father. He received his promotion badge at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Promotion Ceremony on August 16, where his father not only witnessed the occasion, but proudly and personally pinned on his son’s badge.
Boots on the Ground
Interestingly, Brian is a 2004 graduate of the Harris Country Sheriff’s Office Academy, where his father graduated in 1971. Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who oversees 4,000 employees committed to the safety of the nearly four million Harris County residents, spoke of the longtime friendship between himself and the Chief, and the pride he feels in being a part of this family legacy.
Brian initially served in the Marine Corp and has been stationed all over the world. He served on President Bill Clinton and Collin Powell’s security detail when they went overseas. Although various government agencies tried to recruit him, he told his dad, “All I want to do is come back to Katy and enter law enforcement.” He is a SWAT team member and has a lead role (he calls it “boots on the ground”) at TranStar, the agency overseeing emergency and transportation management for the greater Houston area. These duties involve critical instances that evolve on the roadways. For instance, Brian responds to hazardous materials spills and interfaces with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Serving the Katy Community
The Brawner tradition in law enforcement is especially meaningful (and local), as Brian, his wife Candace, and their young two sons reside in Katy. Both Brian and Candace are Katy High School graduates. Candace is the Director of Advancement at Pope John XXIII High School and has also worked as a Katy ISD teacher and Lone Star College instructor. She organizes and leads student trips to Europe through EF Tours and looks forward to visiting Rome this summer. Candace is also on the Katy Heritage committee, the Katy Chamber Women’s Leadership Steering Committee, and is a volunteer with the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum. Inspired by her father-in-law’s political service, she is contemplating aspirations in local government “in the far-distant future.”
Congratulations to Sargeant Brawner and all his family, and may God richly bless him as he continues to serve the community.