Monticello Police Captain Eddy Deaton has been appointed as Monticello’s new police chief, Mayor Allen Maxwell announced late Tuesday afternoon. Deaton will replace retiring chief Robert Rosegrant. Deaton, Monticello’s assistant police chief, will become the city’s police chief on January 6.
Deaton started his law enforcement career in McGehee in the late 1980s after he got out of the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a patrolman in McGehee until 1993 when late Monticello Police Chief Bob Maxwell hired him as a patrolman. Since then, he has worked his way up the ranks in the Monticello Police Department from patrol officer to criminal investigator, then police captain, supervising 30 full-time and part-time police officers. Deaton has more than 2,000 hours of law enforcement training, a number of instructor-level certifications, and administrative experience.