Owens takes oath to protect and to serve

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

Mexia Police Officer Chad Owens is the new kid on the block when it comes to police officers in Mexia, but don’t let his age fool you.
Owens graduated Blooming Grove High School 2014 and is a recent graduate of the Navarro College Police Academy. Standing at 6 foot 4 inches, he nothing of a typical young 21 year old.
Mexia Chief of Police Brian Bell said, “He is a very mature young man and has a good head on his shoulders.”
In high school Owens played football during his freshman and sophomore years. As a man with very few words he said, “I had to go to work. [It was the responsible thing to do].”
After graduating from the police academy in August, Owens was waiting for the right opportunity to become a police officer. He said, “After graduation I worked with my grandfather working odd jobs. Then, I was told about Mexia looking for some officers.”
Owens described the interview process as “stressful” and “there was a lot of questions.” It was his first interview, ever.
Why did he choose the police force? “I always had a goal to help people and I figured this was the best way,” said Owens.
Chief Bell said, “[Owens] demonstrated a proactive attitude and his motive is that he truly wants to help people.”