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Deputy Chief Bryan S. Dorman

Interim Chief of Police

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Interim Chief Bryan Dorman began his career at the Bartow Police Department in 1998 in the Patrol Section. While in the Patrol Section he was a member of the Traffic Unit, investigating Traffic Homicide crashes and impaired driving incidents.

In 2006, Interim Chief Dorman was promoted to Corporal, then Sergeant,  where he assumed supervisory responsibilities of a Patrol Squad and in 2012 was assigned the task of leading a brand new unit, the Community Services Team (CST). The Community Services Team continues to be a successful liaison between police, residents, and community leaders and business partners.

Interim Chief Dorman became a High Liability Police Instructor at the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety and continues to mentor Bartow Police Instructors.

In 2017, Interim Chief Dorman was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police which carries a host of responsibilities which include Law Enforcement Operations, formulating a yearly Police Department budget, and managing the following Police Sections: Investigations, Records, and the Telecommunications Center. In addition to his management duties, he regularly works in cooperation with several City Departments on special projects such as Facility and Fleet Maintenance and the City's Smart Notice for Utilities customers.

Interim Chief Dorman attended Polk Community College where he obtained his Police Standards in 1998. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration and Criminal Justice Management from Webber International University. In addition to several instructor and supervisory courses, Interim Chief Dorman is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program at Florida State University and Bartow Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Bartow Class XVII, which he states was the "Best Class".

Interim Chief Dorman, a lifelong resident of Polk County, was appointed the Interim Chief position folloiwing the retirement of Chief Joe Hall in May 2020.

Interim Chief Dorman is married to Melinda and they have three children.


Captain Michelle Smith, Patrol Commander


Captain Michelle Smith began her career with the Bartow Police Department in 1999 as a Public Safety Aide, while attending Polk State College. Upon completion of Police Standards, she became a sworn police officer in 2001, and was assigned to the Patrol Section.

Over the years Captain Smith has worked in many capacities including: Field Training Officer, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Honor Guard, Explorer Post Advisor and most notably, a K-9 Handler and Trainer from 2004 to 2017 with her partners Vegas and then Hasj. Most recently,  

In 2017, Captain Smith was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, making her the first ever female sergeant at the Bartow Police Department and in 2019 was reassigned to the position of the Detective Sergeant, overseeing Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, Property and Evidence, and the K9 Unit.

Captain Smith was sworn-in as Captain on September 21, 2020, again making history as the first ever female Captain at Bartow Police Department. Captain Smith's responsibilities include, overseeing the School Resource Officer Program and all aspects of the Patrol Section. Captain Smith has served as a Union Representative, and currently serves on the Police Pension Board.

Captain Smith received an AS degree in Criminology from Polk Community College, a BS degree from Kaplan University, and a MBA from Webber International University.

Outside of her career in Law Enforcement, Captain Smith enjoys volunteering with several organizations, including the Polk County Youth Fair, and Polk County 4H Horse Council where she has served as President for three years.

Last updated: 1/21/2021 9:22:45 AM