MONTICELLO — A veteran law enforcement officer from Missouri will become Monticello's new police chief on Nov. 6.
John Carter, 39, currently a lieutenant for the Department of Public Safety in Mexico, Mo., was appointed by Mayor Chris Corrie and endorsed unanimously by the Monticello City Council at Tuesday's council session.
"We like the small-town feel. Everybody is friendly. It's like a family, and that's kind of what we were looking for," Carter said of Monticello, which has a a population of 5,530. He has spent the last 11 years in Mexico, which is about 30 miles northeast of Columbia, Mo., and has about twice as many residents as Monticello. His other stops included three years in the animal control department in Provo, Utah, and a short stop in Audrain County in Missouri where he started as a dispatcher and jail officer.
Corrie said there were 17 applicants for the opening, which occurred with the retirement of Michael Galloway on Sept. 13. Four were interviewed by a search committee before the recommendation was made to the full council.
The mayor said he liked the fact Carter had risen steadily through the ranks of law enforcement.
"He started as a dispatcher and has received promotions to patrol officer and on up to lieutenant," Corrie said.
Galloway had come out of retirement in July 2012 to take the Monticello post but decided to re-retire due to health concerns.