Roy’s new police chief took office this week.
Darwin Armitage is the fifth person to lead the small city’s police department since 2006. He said he plans to stay “as long as (the city) will have me.”
The 51-year-old spent 28 years with the El Paso Police Department, working as an officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant before retiring in 2010. He moved to the South Sound with his wife to be closer to family in the area, he said
He said he intends to become an active and visible part of the city.
Roy has about 800 residents.
“The big thing about Roy right now is that they need somebody who’s going to be part of the community, not apart from the community,” he said. “My goal is to be that guy who’s out there not just pounding the streets as an officer but also being a part of the community – listening to concerns and trying to solve (them).”
Mayor Karen Yates said the new police chief brings “a lot of skills and knowledge” to the position.
“He’s community oriented,” she said. “I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve got a man of his caliber and integrity (as the new chief). I am expecting great things from him.”
Armitage will make $3,500 a month.