Now that former public safety director Keith Glass is no longer the head of the City of Monroe Police Department, it is time to swear in the incoming chief.
Effective Dec. 31, 2018, Glass has officially retired and from Jan. 1, former Interim Chief RV Watts became “Chief Watts.” All that is needed is the official swearing-in ceremony. That will take place at 5 p.m. this afternoon, Jan. 2, 2019, when Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge John Ott administers the Oath of Office. The swearing-in ceremony will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall on North Broad Street.
Watts met with Mayor John Howard at City Hall this morning for a personal welcome. Howard said he would not be available this afternoon for the official swearing-in, so he wanted to make sure that he extended his good wishes, and a little presentation, to Watts.
“I am sure we will see great things in the City of Monroe,” Howard said, giving Watts an official “keychain” to the city bearing the words, “America’s Best Small Town.”
Watt’s youngest son, Will, attended the presentation with his dad.
As Public Safety Director, Glass presided over both the Monroe Police Department as well as the Monroe Fire Department. Former Interim Monroe Fire Chief Bill Owens officially took over as Monroe Fire Chief effective Jan. 1, 2019. Howard said there is no official swearing-in ceremony required for fire chiefs.