The above photo shows Broken Bow Police Department employees from 1950 to 1952. They include (back row, from left) Orville "Hap" Kruser, J. Y. Smith, Bob Ingrahm, (front row, from left) Chief Oscar Wooters and Bill Gerhman.
HISTORY OF POLICE CHIEFS
Broken Bow's head law enforcement officers were known as marshals from 1890 to the 1920's. Later the title was changed to Chief of Police. In some years, more than one Marshal or Chief led the department. The following list includes names of Marshals or Chiefs from the present back to 1889:Chief Steve Scott2005-PresentActing Chief Roy Crites2005Chief Dan Hanson1998-05Chief Dennis Patrick1990-98Acting Chief Carl Speer1989Chief Loyal Muhlbach1980-89Chief Robert Jatczak1975-80Chief Orval "Hap" Kruser1956-75Chief Oscar Wooters1952-56Chief Henry Coffman1948-52Chief Frank J. Crable and Chief J.Y. Smith1940-47Chief Henry Choffel1930'sRecords are missing from the 1930's to early 1920's. Some of the chiefs or marshals in that period included: Oscar M Eubank, Lester L. Smith, George Kindness and Fred Reeder.Chiefs or marshals in earlier years were: .
Ed Molloy, E. Draper & William Davis1911W. Cannon & John Kensell1906Pliny W. Towsley1898-1920'sW.G. Montgomery & James Dooley1897William Barrett, F.H. King & E. F. Molloy1894-96William S. Boyce & W. H. Shackleford1893Charles Penn & W.H. Shackleford-nights1891-92Isaac Merchant & J.J. Crable1890I.N. Pershal1889