Bryan Christenson has been named assistant chief of the Southern Arkansas University Police Department.
Christenson started his law enforcement career with the Arkansas State Police, working for that agency for eight years before transferring to Columbia County in 2013. While with the State Police, Christenson spent four years on the Honor Guard Team, traveling across the state for funerals and special events, including the inauguration of Governor Asa Hutchinson. He was a field training officer and a drill instructor for the Arkansas State Police Academy Class 2016A.

He and his wife, Jessica, have been married for nine years. Jessica is a local business owner on the Square in downtown Magnolia. They have two daughters, Reese, age 6, and Remi, age 2. Bryan grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and received his BS in Sports/Community Recreation and his MS in Sports Administration from Henderson State University according to the release.

“Working for the SAU Police Department combines the joy of being a law enforcement officer with the excitement of being in a collegiate atmosphere. I get to serve the students and the university while also being a fan,” he said.