Parsons has a new chief of police, ready to help those in need. Jon Jones moved to the area from Cedartown, Ga., where he worked for more than 14 years for the Polk County Police Department.
"My mother, Texie Ann Hebb, was born and raised in Tucker County," Jones said. "She met my father when she went home with her friend to Cedartown. She used to bring me to Tucker County each summer and I loved visiting the area. I have always loved this area and its people."
Jones said he's always kept up with Tucker County news and he saw the advertisement looking for a chief of police for Parsons.
"The trouble is I was 700 miles away and I was not certified in the state of West Virginia," Jones said. "So I called and spoke with (Parsons Treasurer/City Manager) Jason Myers. He said he would look into the state qualifications."
Jones said he felt he was qualified, and so turned in his application for the position.
"The following month, the Parsons City Council met and voted to offer me the job," Jones said.
Jones said he and his wife, Lisa, had traveled to West Virginia and she fell in love with the area. He said he used to tell his mother he would live in West Virginia one day.
Jones and his wife have two children, Daniel, age 21, and Chloe, age 4.
"Chloe is very excited to begin school in the fall," Jones said. "We are trying to maximize our time with Chloe before she starts school."
Jones said he feels he is now where he belongs.
"We are where God wants us to be," Jones said. "I previously served in the military, and this is the only time I have moved by choice. We faced no obstacles nor struggles with the move. It was the smoothest transition from one place to another. It just all fell into place."
Jones said he is thrilled to be working in Parsons and loves living in St. George.
"I want children to know that police officers are here to help and people should look to us as more than enforcers - they should look to us as helpers," Jones said. "I know I can make a difference while here."