Ellensburg trooper is Trooper of the Year for District 6

May 30, 2017 GMT

A Washington State Trooper from Ellensburg received Trooper of the Year award for District 6, which covers Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Grant counties.

Trooper John Bryant received the award for his ethics and leadership, according to Trooper Brian Moore.

Bryant was a leader in the county for DUI arrests and collision investigations, along with speeding, aggressive driving and seatbelt enforcement, according to a news release. He excelled at enforcing criminal violations, nearly doubling the individual average for Kittitas County.

He also participates in 4-H, and is a Boy Scout merit badge counselor.

“John has put in a ton of work just promoting public safety throughout Kittitas County,” Moore said. “He is well known within the county and honestly he is just a pillar figure of the community.”

Sgt. Bart Olson nominated Bryant for the award. Bryant was selected for his willingness to take extra duties while still leading the department in all categories. He volunteered to act as the trooper in charge and public information officer on several occasions.

“With his additional duties as well he was able to perform above and beyond what a normal trooper does,” Olson said.

Bryant was hired by the WSP in August 2008, and commissioned in March 2011. He worked for the Central Washington University ROTC program as a lieutenant colonel before joining the WSP.

“He is actually the most senior guy as far as age goes, but he’s the least senior when it comes to time at the department,” Olson said. “This is like a second or third career for John.”