At a special meeting October 20, Blanco City Council appointed Milton Willman as the new police chief from a field of applicants including interim chief Carl Bragg.
A Mason County native, Willman grew up in Bexar County and attended MacArthur High School in San Antonio.
He comes from a position as deputy sheriff in Comal County, where he has served for the past 27 years with the sheriff’s department and as fire marshal.
The great-great-grandson of a Texas Ranger whose cross is in Cherokee County, Willman enjoys genealogical research and is knowledgeable about the history of Blanco.
His other hobbies include guitar-picking and cooking, especially barbecue. He and his wife Kathy live in Spring Branch.
They have two sons, Jakob and Daniel. Jakob, a student at UTSA, is a veteran of the Iraq War. Daniel is a welder in New Braunfels.
Willman explains his decision to come to Blanco in this way: “Blanco is still a nice quiet country town, which is beginning to experience big-city problems. They are coming whether we want them to or not. I would like to help the people of Blanco deal with them.”
The robbery of Security State Bank on Willman’s first day as chief gives proof to those words.
On the day he was interviewed by this reporter, he had already dealt with problems at Blanco High School and removal of a large rock, which had been dragged from Blanco State Park property to block traffic on River Run.
So the new chief will be facing both small-town and big-city problems as his new job progresses.