Watts and Matthews

Police Chief R.V. Watts and Capt. Mike Matthews keep an eye on protests in downtown Monroe, Ga., on June 1, 2020.

A longtime member of the Monroe Police Department died Monday after a battle with kidney disease.

Flags in the city were dipped in respect for the late Capt. Mike Matthews. He spent a quarter-century with the department.

Matthews was 54.

“If you knew Mike, you saw the finest example of a gentleman,” Mayor John Howard said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Matthews was the first school resource officer at Monroe Area High School and a supporter of Purple Hurricane sports.

Matthews had been sick and in need of a kidney transplant. The department organized a golf tournament last month to help raise money.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. Look for updates online at WaltonTribune.com.

In a Facebook post early Tuesday, retired Public Safety Director Keith Glass wrote that Monroe “lost a Champion and called Matthews “my friend and my brother.”

Matthews earned a plaque in 2016 for his work to lead the department through its state reaccreditation efforts.

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