A/CHIEF OF POLICE JOHN C. McINNESS
04/27/1897 - 05/09/1897
When Chief Jacob Brenning officially tendered his resignation for April 27, 1897, he had already been on an eight day leave of absence.
In his place the council appointed Sergeant John McInness as the Acting Chief of Police until an official replacement for Brenning could be found.
McInness might have ultimately been selected for the top job had there not been issues with is being able to post a bond.
The Council then selected lawman James Russell as SDPD's next Chief. As the lawmen before him the appointment was for a two year term subject to Police Commission renewal.