Search is underway for a new Police Chief as Bonham Police Department’s Chief Mike Bankston announced his retirement after serving his community for nearly 50 years; more than 35 years as chief.
“I would not have made it this far without the grace of God and the support of my family.”
According to Bonham Police Department, Bankston has been chief longer than half of his employees have been alive, “but he’s got more energy and optimism than all of them combined.”
Bankston began his career with the Bonham Police Department as a patrolman on April 15, 1973.
From Jan. 10-March 21, 1978, Bankston attended the FBI Academy and served as Sheriff of Fannin County from April 15-Nov. 21, 1978. After the short period, he returned to the Bonham PD and was promoted to chief on May 1, 1984.
“A humble man, Chief is the first to deflect any praise typically redirecting it to others around him. While uncomfortable talking about himself and his accomplishments, he enjoys sharing stories of ‘the good old days’ or a memory of something funny that happened to him. He’s known for his vast knowledge of random but interesting facts.”
Taking over Bankston’s position as police chief, the applicant could make between $100,000-120,000 a year – depending on qualifications – and receive paid vacation, sick, and personal, alongside other various benefits.
An application for the position can be found at Bonham city hall, the police department or by clicking here. Qualifications for the position, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice or a similar field is preferred, at least a five years of progressive administrative supervisory experience in law enforcement, among other qualifications.