Monroe’s public safety director, Chief Marvin K. “Keith” Glass, was sworn in this week as the 2014/2015 President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).
Glass assumed his role as President of the GACP on Tuesday evening, July 27 2014. Part of his new duties include chairing the CACP’s Executive Board and appointing all committee chairs.
Monroe Mayor Greg Thompson said this appointment validates his opinion of the city’s police department.
“I think it speaks volumes for the City of Monroe’s Police Department. I’ve always said that we’ve got one of the best police departments in the state and this just kind of proves it,” Thompson said. “Now (Glass) gets this accolade and that proves how hard he has worked for the city.”
Glass said that to the best of his knowledge he is unaware of any other chief in Monroe or Walton County who has served in this role before. He said he is “honored and humbled” to have the opportunity to serve the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and Georgia Chiefs as their president.
“This opportunity will give myself and the City of Monroe increased exposure across our state and greatly enhance my leadership abilities and skills,” Glass said.
This is just the latest in a series of honors for Monroe’s Chief of Police. In 2013 he was appointed Public Safety Director for the City of Monroe, heading up the Monroe Fire Department in addition to the Monroe Police Department. He also was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council where he serves on the probable cause committee.
Although this new appointment comes with extra responsibility, Glass said he has confidence in those around him to be able to accomplish what will be required. He also attributes much of his success to their support.
“The Command Staffs of both MPD and MFD are seasoned veterans and their capabilities, along with the confidence of Mayor (Greg) Thompson, Mr. (Matthew) Chancey and our City Council, are greatly responsible for this opportunity,” Glass said. “Technology, and having such a competent staff, allows me to accomplish my tasks timely and professionally. Again, it is deeply gratifying and humbling to be entrusted with this leadership responsibility. It is one I will approach as I have every leadership role I’ve held, one of servitude, for to truly lead you must be a servant.”
Glass has served the State of Georgia and the City of Monroe as a law enforcement professional for more than 21 years, serving as the police chief for Monroe since 2002. Prior to that he had a distinguished military career retiring from the Georgia Army National Guard as a Command Sergeant Major. His service included a tour in Bosnia with the 1/121st Infantry Battalion.
According to a press release, Glass completed the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University and the 20th session of the Georgia International Lew Enforcement Exchange Program at Georgia State University. He has been married to his wife, Kathy, for 37 years and has three grown daughters, Kristen, Ashley and Courtney.
The GACP has served police chiefs and command staff law enforcement personnel for more than 52 years and currently represents more than 500 Chiefs of Police and other Law Enforcement Agency Heads across the State of Georgia.