The Zane State College Law Laboratory was dedicated on Thursday to Commander Tom Holdren and Mike Watton for not only their public service to the Zanesville community, but for their combined 50 years of teaching at Zane State College.
"Their legacy is the people that they trained and educated, that graduated and went into the workforce, are doing so much for all of us so it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to recognize them forever in a dedication such as the law lab that we have here," said Zane State College President Dr. Paul Brown.
Both Holdren and Watton retired from teaching at Zane State College. President Brown said this is a way to pay tribute to their service and mentioned in his speech that it is thanks to Holdren and Watton that the college has one of the best law enforcement programs in the state. Everyone from Zanesville Mayor Jeff Tilton, the Muskingum County Commissioner’s, criminal justice students and other local law enforcement officers attended the dedication ceremony.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said, "For us to be so fortunate to right here in Zanesville, to have two guys that have their experiences that come out here and teach life lessons and real life experiences instead of just being a teacher, it’s been very good for our law enforcement area and this community."
Zane State’s Director of Marketing Communications Nick Welch, said this is only the second building in Zane State history that has been dedicated to someone. The newly renamed Holdren Watton Law Laboratory is used for law enforcement and criminal justice majors and by local law enforcement officers.