PARSONS - Gilman resident Bill Rowe has been selected by Parsons City Council to serve as the town's new chief of police.
Rowe said he has missed being in hands-on law enforcement and feels lucky to be selected for the job.
"Most recently I was working with the (state) Department of Transportation Public Service Commission," Rowe said.
Rowe said he is currently learning all the streets of Parsons and getting to know the people. He said Parsons is different and smaller than the other places he has served.
"Parsons is a wonderful city," Rowe said. "The folks here are friendly and they will help you anyway they can. (Philippi City Administrator/Treasurer) Jason Myers and the City Council have been very nice and helpful."
Before joining the Parsons Police Department, Rowe worked for the Elkins, Beverly, Philippi and Belington police departments. He also was a dispatcher for the city of Elkins and worked for Homeland Security. He also was an EMT in Randolph County and is an honorary member of the Elkins and Leading Creek fire departments.
Myers said he thinks City Council made a good choice in Rowe.
"He has made a huge impact in the short time he has been with us," Myers said. "He came in and hit the ground running. Bill brings lots of experience to the town of Parsons.
"He is professional, fair, honest and has a great sense of humor. We are happy to have him on our team."
Rowe said he welcomes folks to visit Parsons.
"Parsons is a wonderful place to live and visit," Rowe said. "Enjoy your stay and stop by and see us. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call."
The Parsons Police Department is located in the city building at 341 2nd St. Additional information is available by calling 304-478-3060.