Johnson City gets new Top Cop

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   JOHNSON CITY -- A new Chief of Police has been selected to replace the retiring head of the bureau here, Ron Street.
   Johnson City City Manager Mike West announced on Wednesday afternoon that John Lowry, who had served as Deputy Chief, was selected to fill the role of Chief of Police.
   Lowry, who has been with the Johnson City Bureau of Police since 1978, has held many positions within the bureau, beginning first as a patrol officer and working his way up to the head of the bureau.
   "From his tenure as a police officer through his administrative duties as Deputy Chief, John Lowry has exhibited outstanding professionalism," West said in a released statement. "Throughout his career, he has prepared to be Johnson City's police chief. His dedication to this city is clear. It is indeed a pleasure to make this appointment."
   In 1982, Lowry was promoted from being a Public Safety Officer to the role of Lieutenant, where he worked under the Watch Commander of a platoon and served as a supervisor to two Sergeants. In 1988, he was promoted again, this time to the rank of Captain and the position of Watch Commander, where he was in charge of the Bureau's Platoon 4. In that capacity, he was responsible for all of the day-to-day activities for the Platoon.
   In 1991, he was promoted to the rank of Major and moved to the Operations Division. In 2000, he was promoted to Deputy Chief where he worked with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bureau as well as serving as second in command and preparing and overseeing the Bureau's budget.
   During his many years with the bureau, Lowry states that he has experienced everything from routine traffic stops to requests for political asylum. "I've had good experience, especially as deputy chief for Chief Ron Street, who has been generous in sharing his knowledge and experience," Lowry said. "I've been involved in all the different facets of the Police Bureau and have a working knowledge, diverse training and a strong foundation to build on."
   Johnson City police officers are sworn to support making the city the best possible place to live, raise a family and work, according to Lowry, and he feels that dedication to the community is an important factor of being a police officer. "As chief, I will continue to emphasize community involvement along with police support to enhance neighborhoods and business communities," he said.
   Lowry received an Associate of Science degree in Public Safety from Walters State Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University. He also attended training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Lowry has also served on various law enforcement committees throughout the Northeast Tennessee region.