Congratulations to R.V. Watts and Bill Owens for their selections as the new police and fire chiefs, respectively, in Monroe.

The City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 11 to hire them effective Jan. 1. The men have been serving in the roles on an interim basis since the first of October, when Public Safety Director Keith Glass stepped away from day-to-day oversight.

Glass will retire at the end of the year after a long career with the city. We appreciate his service and the improvements the Police Department especially has made under his watch. (That’s no slight to the Fire Department, but Glass has worked much more with the police, rising through the ranks to lead his hometown department before the fire duties were added five years ago.)

Relations with citizens are head and shoulders above where they were years ago, as is training.

We expect that progress to continue under Watts and Owens. Both men are passionate about training and service, and both expect a lot out of the men and women who put on a badge and serve the citizens.

The council handled this transition well. We congratulate the new chiefs and wish Glass nothing but the best.

Our View is the opinion of the Walton Tribune editorial board, which includes Owner Patrick Graham and Editor and Publisher David Clemons.

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