Chief Bell: A sense of service, duty, honor

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor
Brian Bell, now Chief of Police for the Mexia Police Department, never, did he think that being a law enforcement officer was his way of life, but he already had the mindset of service, duty and honor.
Bell, born in Houston, was raised in Dallas. He graduated high school in 1998 and started college at Texas Tech. He moved back to Dallas and went to work for Global Nomads Group, a United Nations, a non-profit company. That company moved to New York so Bell decided to work for an Albanian family in the Italian restaurant business.
“Personally, I did not know what I wanted to do when I grew up. I knew I wanted to do something that made a difference, a significant impact,” said Bell. “When I was in Dallas, I was walking down the street to my car, a guy came out with a revolver, and said, ‘Hey!’ It scarred me. Instinct kicked in to run like hell. I heard gunshots. I was not hit. The police responded. The street was flooded with people who never met me and they genuinely cared what happened to me. That really got my attention. That was the first time I looked at law enforcement, that is, who these guys are.”

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