Chief Bradford M. Conner was promoted to the position of Chief in March of 2011. Prior to his promotion to Chief, Conner
served as the Deputy Chief for six (6) years and Operations Bureau Commander for (5) years. Conner has also served as the Services Bureau Commander and the Administrative Bureau Commander, where he helped the agency become re-accredited by CALEA in 2001. Chief Conner has been with the agency since June 1, 1981. In April of 2014, Chief Conner was recognized by the Ohio Association of Chief’s of Police as the recipient of the 2014 Theodore S. Jones Service Award. This annual award recognizes a police chief who has dedicated their career towards the highest standards of leadership, organizational courage, vision and unselfish devotion to the professionalization of the office of Chief of Police.
Chief Conner holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Bowling Green State University, graduating in 2001 and he is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy’s 197th Session, completed in 1999. Chief Conner is a graduate of the F.B.I. Great Lakes Law Enforcement Leadership Seminar, the Ohio Certified Law Enforcement Executive training (CLEE VI), the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC XXIV) and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, School of Police Staff and Command (N.U.T.I. #65). Chief Conner has received “Weapons of Mass Destruction and Law Enforcement Protective Measures” training in Anniston, Alabama.
Chief Conner is employed as an independent contractor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) of Fairfax, Virginia and serves as a Team Leader for assessments of agencies participating in the CALEA Accreditation process.
The Chief has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Bowling Green Community Foundation Board of Trustees; the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; the Salvation Army Board; the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission; the State of Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Board; the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation Supervisor, Training and Education Program (S.T.E.P.) Committee; the Wood County Court Security Board; and the Bowling Green Traffic Commission. Chief Conner also volunteers as a youth sports coach and is on the leadership committee for Boy Scout Troop #358.