Newly appointed police Chief Troy Rich was formally sworn in Thursday night during a change-of-command ceremony at Thomasville Municipal Auditorium.
Standing before friends, family and colleagues, Rich took the oath of office and was ceremonially welcomed to the community for the first time as police chief.
Rich spoke about his role as Thomasville Police Department commander.
“My No. 1 goal is to reduce crime in our community,” Rich said. “I will achieve this by continuing to promote a culture of service, safety and professionalism among my officers, as well as enhancing the drive within our police force to exceed community expectation.”
Rich also acknowledged former police chiefs Ellis Jackson, David Huckstep and John Perry, who joined Rich on stage, for their contribution to the department and the impact their leadership had on him as he progressed through his career in law enforcement.
“I believe people are put in certain places for a reason, and you three were put in my life to build me into the leader I have been given the opportunity to become. Without you, I wouldn’t be standing on this stage tonight,” he said. “You have provided our city with a legacy of community-oriented and professional law enforcement, and I am committed to building upon the precedents which you have set.”
Rich joined Thomasville Police Department in October 1990. Beginning as a patrol officer, he rose through the ranks, working in almost every facet of the department’s operation. Most recently, he served as assistant police chief since 2007.
Rich is Thomasville’s fifth chief of police. The first chief was R.T. Alley, who was sworn into office in 1971, after the department transitioned from an elected marshal command structure to chief of police.