Mayor's Update #6: Blanco Police Department
By Mayor Bruce Peele
October 20, 2015
The citizens of Blanco can be very proud of the dedicated professionals who provide the services necessary to keep the City running smoothly. Vital to the security and well-being of the City is the Blanco Police Department. This Update highlights the officers to whom we all owe our respect and gratitude.
CHIEF MIKE RITCHEY. Mike has worked as a law enforcement professional for over 35 years. He began his career with the San Antonio Police Department as a patrolman. Serving on foot patrol, he patrolled the downtown streets and the River Walk keeping citizens and tourists alike safe. After being promoted to detective, he worked in vice and narcotics for about 7 years. He was then promoted to sergeant and later lieutenant where he supervised a patrol shift. Mike then transferred to the Vehicle Crimes Division where he remained for the last ten years of his career with the San Antonio Police Department. He retired on January 1, 2013.
Chief Ritchey has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). He graduated from the FBI National Academy and has obtained a Masters Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Mike accepted the Chief of Police position in Blanco on December 7, 2012.
OFFICER JERRY THORNHILL. Jerry has worked for both city and county law enforcement agencies for approximately 15 ½ years. During that time he worked for several narcotics task forces, served as a patrol officer, and then as a sergeant. Officer Thornhill obtained an Advanced Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
In addition to his other skills, Jerry is experienced in the administrative side of law enforcement, handling the many mandated issues that police departments are required to address. He is also adept with computers and handles many of the IT issues within the Blanco Police Department.
OFFICER B.W. KEY. BW has been working in the law enforcement profession, in both city and county agencies, for 35 years. These included the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office and Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
BW served in the military where he was awarded several medals for bravery. He obtained his law enforcement education from San Antonio College and has obtained a Masters Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Officer Key has been with the Blanco Police Department since February of 2013, specializing in follow-up investigations.
OFFICER GREG ANDERSON. Greg has been a law enforcement professional for approximately 5 years. He has worked with both city and county agencies. Officer Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He obtained his law enforcement education from San Antonio College and holds an Intermediate Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He is also licensed with the state as an arson investigator. Greg presently is assigned to the night shift with the Blanco Police Department.
OFFICER BRIAN WALSH. Brian is the newest member of the Blanco Police Department. He holds a Basic Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Brian served on active duty with the Army for four years and has three years of reserve duty with the National Guard. Officer Walsh is a licensed EMT and has worked with various EMS units for the past 19 years. He is assigned to the night shift with the Blanco Police Department and works with the Blanco EMS Department on his off weekends.
As Mayor of Blanco, I am extremely proud of these officers and the service they provide our citizens. They protect us. They serve us. We all owe these dedicated First Responders our respect and gratitude.