Waynesburg police officer to run for sheriff

January 8, 2013
Brian Tennant

Waynesburg Borough police Officer Brian Tennant announced he will seek the Democratic nomination in the spring primary for Greene County sheriff.

Tennant is a graduate of Waynesburg Central High School, Penn State University’s Paramedic program and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice Training Center.

Prior to working as a police officer, Tennant was employed as an emergency medical technician for EMS Southwest. He still holds an EMT certification.

Tennant is an active member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. He holds National Firefighter 1 and 2 certifications and is a vehicle rescue technician.

“Between law enforcement, emergency medical services and the fire department, I have over 11 years of experience in public safety. Throughout this time with these various agencies, it has become apparent to me that our community needs the presence of each one of those agencies to continue to serve and protect us,” Tennant said.

“Our sheriff’s department is capable of doing more to aid in these efforts to keep the residents, youth and streets safe from many of the issues that continue to plague us. I plan to lead the Greene County Sheriff’s Department in a new direction to better benefit those who visit here, those who work here and those who call Greene County home,” he said.

Tennant currently works as the Waynesburg Borough Police Department’s K9 officer, and he plans to take his dog, Dagen, to the sheriff’s department with him. In order to devote his time to the campaign, he will be taking a leave of absence from his position, which was approved by Waynesburg Borough Council last month.

Tennant’s name was well circulated when he was diagnosed with brain cancer in early 2010. Following his diagnosis, he and his family traveled throughout the country seeking treatment. He is happy to report that he is now a cancer survivor and was able to return to his full-time job as a police officer last year.

Although the battle was rough, the tumor has been significantly reduced and all that remains is scar tissue.

“I greatly appreciate all the support my family and I received throughout the last few years and would like to give back to the community that gave so much to us,” Tennant said.

Tennant is an active member of the community, belonging to many area organizations. He is a Master Mason at the Waynesburg Lodge No. 153 of Free and Accepted Masons. He belongs to First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, where he serves on the Diaconate board.

He is also a member of Waynesburg Moose 461, Waynesburg Sportsman’s Club, Waynesburg Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 87, National Tactical Officers Association, North American Police Work Dog Association, Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers Association, NRA and Oath Keepers.

Tennant has received many accolades for his service to the community. He received a lifesaving and merit award from Waynesburg Borough, a valor award from the Pennsylvania Fireman’s Association, a valor award from the Western Pennsylvania Fireman’s Association and a Letter of Accommodation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He also received a Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International.

Tennant is a lifelong resident of Waynesburg. He lives with his wife, Jessica McMinn Tennant, and his three sons: Ross, 4, Blake, 3, and Reed, 6 months old.

“My whole adult life has been dedicated to public service, and I feel that my work and life experience make ‘Tennant for Sheriff’ a perfect fit,” he said.



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