04 Feb 1960
HIS LIFELONG DREAM
NATIONAL CITY - A native National Citian whose boyhood dream was that of law enforcement, was named the city's new chief of police Tuesday afternoon.
Walter E. Cagle, a former lieutenant and department veteran of 17 years, had the chief's badge presented to him by Mayor Thelma Hollingsworth at the City Council meeting after taht body had confirmed his appointment by City Manager James A. Bird.
He replaces Capt. John E. Owen who had been acting police chief since the retirement last month of Harry D Smith.
Cagle, 38, was chosen from among three officer who scored highest in written and oral civil serrvice examinations for the position two weeks ago. Others considered were Lt. Henry L. Mounteer, head of the department's detective division, and Lt. James R. Crowell, also a detective.
For Cagle the appointment is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. He joined the police department July 6, 1942 just one month after he reached the eligible age.
He was born May 7, 1921 in the shadow of what is now the City Hall and police headquarters in a small sanitarium on the corner of 12th St. and National Ave. Ironically, the attending physician was Dr. Carl S. Owen, father of the present police captain.
Three months after joining the force, Cagle was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Lowery and Buckley Army air bases in Denver, Colo. where he served as an aircraft ordinance instructor in the Technical Training Command there until his discharge at the end of World War II.
Since joining the department he has held a variety of positions including patrolman, detective and lieutenant. He was in the department's detective division for nine years from 1949 to 1957 when he was promoted to lieutenant, and then was made shift supervisor of the 4 p.m. to midnight shift.
Cagle's extensive training includes graduation from the California Peace Officer's Training School at Pleasanton, Calif. in 1949 and the International City Managers Administration School. He is also a graduate of several schools conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He is a 1939 graduate of Sweetwater Union High School.
The new chief currently makes his home at 2834 K Ave. with his wife Ruth and three children, Patrick, 13, Michael, 10, and Susan, 8.
Top law enforcement officers attending the appointment ceremony in the council chambers included Capt. M. S. Tayler of Chula Vista, Police Chief A. E. Jansen of San Diego, and Capt. C. T. Jamison of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Cagle is a member of the First Baptist Church of National City and the Silvergate Yacht Club.