After a nationwide search that attracted 69 applicants, the city of Brookhaven found its new deputy police chief from within its own department.

Police Chief Gary Yandura watches as Brandon Gurley’s wife, Alison Gurley, pins him as part of the ceremony promoting him to deputy chief during the March 26 City Council meeting. With them are their children, Alyssa Gurley and Austin Gurley. Mayor John Ernst and the City Council gave Gurley a standing ovation. (Dyana Bagby)

Chief Gary Yandura named Brandon Gurley as the new deputy chief at the City Council’s March 26 meeting. The promotion was effective immediately.

Yandura said Gurley was the first officer he called to help him start up Brookhaven’s police department shortly after the city incorporated six years ago.

Hired as a lieutenant, Gurley was promoted to major in 2014. He has been the manager of the Uniform Patrol Divisions and the public information officer.