Jul 23, 2018 Person of the Month: John Merguie
Work: Police chief, University of Central Arkansas. Twenty-seven years with the department.
Community activities: Special Olympics.
Family: Wife, Lisa, of 25 years; two children, Alex and Julianne “Jules.” Both attend UCA, where I can keep an eye on them.
Education: In August 2017, I obtained my associate’s degree. I plan to finish my bachelor’s in the near future.
Last book you read: “Be Freaking Awesome.”
Favorite book: “With the Old Breed.”
Favorite meal: Catfish and hushpuppies, but only if made by my dad.
Most cherished possession: My grandfather’s badge.
Most enjoyed weekend activity: Hunting during the fall season and enjoying a sandy beach in the summer.
Favorite quote: “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt
No. 1 vacation spot: Anywhere there is a white sandy beach and saltwater.
Favorite place in Arkansas: Green timber “Duck Hole” my dad and I have hunted since I was old enough to go. “Location not disclosed.”
What do you love about living in the 501: Conway is a great community to raise a family. Friendly people with a small town feel, but I love seeing the growth of the city as well.