Jewett City Patrolman Promoted to Chief of Police

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"You can find a lot of peace and serenity in this area," explained Jewett resident Rickey Enyart Monday afternoon.

Finding peace of mind and comfort isn't hard to find when you're surrounded with a view like Enyart's.

"I feel like I'm out in the country, you know, out in the woods,” said Enyart.

Enyart lives on 12 acres nestled in the heart of Jewett. While it's a small town -- it's a town the Enyart family has called home for nearly 30 years.

"It’s quiet, and I feel secure living here,” Enyart added.

In recent months, many say it's been a challengefinding confidence and security -- from those who protect the estimated 1,100 residents of Jewett.

"I don't like what's going on with the city,” Enyart added. "It's almost like no one can agree on anything during these meetings and then there is no security left for some of the city workers, especially the police department. The police department needs security."

In just a few months the Jewett Police Department has gone from a three man force -- to only one.

“It is very concerning,” said Enyart. "I remember when I had a truck and a compressor stolen off my property. We had to wait for police out of Centerville to come here. By the time they arrived we had Palestine police call us to say they already caught the guy and had my truck in their custody; so absolutely, it would be nice to have another lawman on patrol for a quicker response time. Plus, I think it would be less stressful all around.”

Last week city council fired Jewett Chief of police Marty Navarro. The reason: lack of confidence. After nearly a week the city council announced the remaining full-time member of the police force would be promoted to chief of police.

“What would make me confident?” questioned Enyart. “Someone that is put in that position that can work with the community and Sean O'Reilly is very good at that.”

Both Sean O'Reilly and Mayor Becky Hughes declined a on camera interview regarding the matter -- but as the old saying goes: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands during times of challenge and controversy."

“He really goes after correcting problems in town and getting the job done, and serving the community," Enyart added.

As the only police officer in the department -- it's no doubt O'Reilly is taking on a challenging role; but with a confident and supportive community behind him -- Enyart and many other residents say they are confident O’Neill will do just fine.

“I hope that people come together and start working for the community of Jewett and the good of Jewett," Enyart said.

We also spoke directly to Marty Navarro who also declined comment. It's unclear whether or not the city will be adding any more patrolmen to the department.