MOUNT VERNON — After almost 30 years in law enforcement, Mount Vernon Police Chief Roger Monroe is retiring.
Monroe joined the Mount Vernon Police Department in 1989 working for the next 24 years as a patrol officer. In 2013, he took the position as the administrative supervisor. A year later he was sworn in as police chief, a position he held for the next 5 years.
Mayor Richard Mavis spoke at the retirement reception for Monroe, speaking about what is to come in retirement. Mavis is serving his last term as mayor, which expires at the end of the year.
“Chief when we leave, I’m sure there’ll be talk about us,” Mavis said.
This includes the people they have hired, the policies and procedures that were established, and times when they stood pat, moved forward and even retreated when they were supposed to. Mavis said he hopes Monroe gets ranked high at all these things.
“It has been a real pleasure to be mayor during a time that (Monroe) was chief and then, he served on the force actually a little longer than I’ve been here,” Mavis said before honoring Monroe with a plaque listing all the people Monroe served with. “You served your community well… Congratulations on a time well served as the chief and as a police officer.”
George Curry, the police captain when Monroe was first hired as a police officer, also gave congratulations to Monroe on time served.
“Roger, congratulations on your service to the community and to the city, the county and inner agency. I personally know what kind of a tough job (chief) is, and he served us well,” Curry said.
Curry pointed out that throughout the years they have had some positive and negative experiences but Monroe was “probably the best hostage negotiator that we had.”
METRICH leader and Mansfield police chief Keith Porch spoke about the time he and Monroe served together.
“I can tell you without a doubt as my time of dealing with Chief Monroe that collaboration was the keyword,” Porch said. “I tell you anything that we needed, Chief Monroe and the officers of Mount Vernon were there for us.”
He also said that Mansfield PD appreciates the help that was always given and that they would do the same for the MVPD and for whoever is the next administration.
Monroe was the last one to speak, giving thanks to everyone who came to the reception.
“It’s been a long road but it’s been an awesome road,” he said about his experience with the department. “My time here has been awesome. It is definitely time to pass the torch.”
Monroe touched base on how he has worked with the department to bring it into the 21st century. He said that the accomplishments that they were able to do were “leaps and bounds.”
“They’re going to be handed off to the next guy that takes over (who) will do an awesome job,” Monroe said. “(The next chief) already got the blueprint written out for him. He just has to keep evolving, keep making things better.”
He gave thanks to all those he has worked with over the past years from when he first started to when he became chief.
“You guys will all be missed but you were appreciated while I was here,” Monroe said. “So I want to thank you so much for this and it’s time to pass the torch.”
Monroe’s successor is yet to be determined. Five MVPD officers are taking the exam for the chief of police job; an interim chief will serve until the exams are complete and test scores tallied.
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