Newton officer takes oath of office

Newton welcomes new police officer

NEWTON, N.C. – The Newton Police Department saluted its newest police officer, Devan Mackey, with a swearing-in ceremony at Newton City Hall on Thursday, April 23.

“When you take the oath of office, you are swearing that you are going to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States and the State of North Carolina,” Newton Police Chief Don Brown said. “We live by that oath.”

Mackey grew up in Catawba County and graduated from Lees-McRae College recently. He credited his friends and family—several of whom were in attendance at the ceremony—for supporting him and his goal of becoming a police officer.

“Thank you for helping me get here,” he said to his family and friends. “I love y’all and I’m just happy to be here.”

Mackey’s mother, Rita Dixon, said she has always known her son would do something to serve the people of his community.

“I’m just so proud of him,” she said. “He’s always been such a giving spirit.”

Brown said Mackey is already proving himself as a great addition to the Newton Police Department.

“We’re glad to have him,” Brown said.

Devan Mackey swearing in ceremonyOfficer Devan Mackey takes the oath of office from Newton Police Chief Don Brown as Mackey’s parents, Charles Mackey and Rita Dixon, look on.