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Police department, new chief serve our city well

Staff Report • Jun 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Our congratulations go out to Mark Sirois on being named Johnson City’s new chief of police.

His reputation as a consummate professional and his stellar record as a progressive and experienced law enforcement administrator no doubt played a role in City Manager Pete Peterson’s decision to choose him over two other impressive in-house candidates for the job.

In fact, citizens of Johnson City should be proud that their police department is blessed to have such highly qualified men and women serving them.

As chief, Sirois sets the tone for the entire police department. It is his role to lead by example. We believe Sirois is just the man for the job. He has shown himself to be a dedicated professional who is not afraid to embrace new ideas to get the job done.

And we should never forget the job of a law enforcement officer is a difficult one. Peace officers — as they were once called — should not only enforce the law, but should do so without violating our civil liberties.

The new chief succeeds a dedicated law enforcement officer who served Johnson City with honor and distinction for 34 years. John Lowry, who retired as police chief last month, possessed a special kind of temperament that we would hope from anyone who serves in that role.

Lowry was a no-nonsense administrator who — as Press staff writer Becky Campbell noted in a profile on him in May — stressed the importance of professionalism and service to his officers.

“If you go out here and you have a lot of pride in yourself and want to be the best you can be, you have a good attitude, and you treat every person like you would want your brother, mother, sister, father treated, you can’t go wrong,” he told Campbell.

That’s good advice for someone of any profession to follow.

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