The award is given each year to a Salem resident who has contributed significantly, both professionally and civically, to the city’s quality of life.
It is named for Dr. Charles Brown, the College’s first dean and a former mayor of Salem. Chief James R. Bryant served the Salem Police Department for 43 years. He served in a number of roles across divisions and was appointed Chief of Police in 1995, a position he held for 14 years until his retirement in 2009.
Prior to joining the Salem Police Department, Chief Bryant was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1976, he enrolled in the reserves and was called into duty in 1990, serving in Operation Desert Shield – Desert Storm. He was ranked Sergeant Major at the time of his retirement from the corps in 1995. During his tenure with the Salem Police Department, Bryant was responsible for the implementation of community programs such as Camp D.A.R.E for Salem middle schoolers.
He was also instrumental in the creation of the Salem ambassadors program that allows Roanoke College…