BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Police Department will soon lose one of its most dedicated officers; a man who has been on the job for 27 years in Brookfield enforcing local ordinances and keeping the streets safe.
Jim Siran, who has lived in Brookfield since he was 4 and worked for nearly three decades as a Brookfield officer, will retire from his position as the village’s enforcement officer Jan. 17.
According to Siran, he’s looking forward to fishing, getting some projects done around his home and finding the time to work on his car in retirement.
“I’m tired of getting up at quarter after five,” Siran said. “It will be nice to punch the alarm clock.”
Siran began working for the village of Brookfield in 1984 in the Recreation Department. In 1986, Siran moved to the police department after he applied for a new created, civilian position as the village’s enforcement officer – tasked with the never-ending job of parking enforcement. The position was created in response to the expansion of commuter parking along Brookfield and Burlington avenues.
Siran also was responsible for enforcing street sweeping and snow ordinances.
During his career, Siran wrote more than 148,000 tickets, according to notes he kept, Police Chief Steve Stelter said.
According to department officials, Siran was a strict enforcer but always fair.
“Since I’ve been here – six years – he’s been the most reliable employee,” Stelter said. “He’s really is just a nice guy. We’re definitely going to miss him. He was called on to do many tasks and he always did it with a smile.”
Throughout the years, Siran also received training in animal control and quickly became the department’s go-to person for animal control issues. According to the department, Siran specialized in caring for stray, injured, feral and unwanted pets.
According to Police Lt. Ed Petrak, Siran will be sorely missed by all members of the department. Siran, he said, was known for his dependability; rarely missing a day of work and always ready to lend a hand to a fellow officer or resident.
“I always just gotten up and gone to work – since high school – that’s what you do,” Siran said of his attendance.
The biggest change in the job, Siran said, was moving from paper to all digital record keeping.
“When I started all the cars had radios with tubes in them,” Siran said. “You had to let them warm up first. Now, we do all the reports on the computer.”
Even as he’s looking forward to retirement, Siran said he’ll miss the job and his co-workers.
“It’s been a nice career and I’ll miss if for sure,” Siran said. “It was great to work with everyone in the police department. ... The chiefs have all been great to work with. ... I’d like to thank everyone by name, if I could.”