COLUMBUS – Mayor James Buckley had a pleasant task to perform Monday evening during the Columbus City Council’s regular meeting.

The mayor submitted the name of Brad Wangler for appointment to a sergeant’s position for the Columbus Police Department.

The 19-year veteran of the local force, who was certified for the sergeant’s post by the Civil Service Commission in February, was unanimously appointed by the council.

“It’s always a pleasure to promote an officer,” Buckley smiled, “especially one you’ve known for years.”

In addition to his duties as a road patrol officer, Wangler has served as the department’s field training officer, certified firearms instructor, and as a drug recognition expert and senior shift officer.

“Thank you for this opportunity,” Wangler told the mayor and council members.

The new sergeant has also given the department’s public presentations on responding to an active shooter in the workplace.

Wangler has been offering the presentations based on the FBI's study of active-shooter incidents on a request basis.

The goal of the study is to provide local, federal and state law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from these incidents.

Wangler and the police department have been offering presentations for about eight years.

The new sergeant is also a retired captain of the Nebraska National Guard. During his military service, he was deployed overseas twice, once to Kosovo in Southeastern Europe and later to Iraq where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his military achievements

Wangler and his wife, Nicole, have two children and are members of St. Isidore Church.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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