Virgil McNeece is well known as Monteagle’s Chief of Police. He recently let us in on his reason for becoming a law enforcement officer and the greatest influences in his life.
Virgil was born in Jasper to Virgil and Ruth McNeece. He attended Jasper Elementary School and Marion County High School.
“During high school, I worked at the Kimball Skating Rink and I picked up hay.
“After graduating high school, I went to Donelson Police Academy. I had always wanted to be a cop. In 1987, my mother was working at a store in South Pittsburg and was robbed and stabbed and left for dead. This pushed me even harder to be a cop.
“I started my career in 1989 and am now the Chief of Police in Monteagle.”
Virgil says one of the best parts of his job is meeting and helping people, but he likes working in narcotics.
When not at work, he volunteers his time and enjoys his family.
“I’ve been a volunteer football coach at the high school for 14 years. That’s my stress relief. I try to be a positive influence on the kids.”
Virgil and his wife Robin have been married for 24 years and have two children, Shelby and Dakota.
“My family and I enjoy walking the trails at the Stone Door. Grundy is home to me and I feel this is where God wants me to be.
Singing gospel is his hidden talent.
“I’ve sung in a bluegrass gospel group for years and I love it!”
Special people have played a big part in Virgil’s life and he could not name just one person who has had an influence on him.
“There have been quite a few people who have influenced me through the years. Right off hand, I can name Coach Colquette, Earnest Lockhart, Daniel Carter, and Doug Henderson.”