Thomasville Police Chief Ellis Jackson announced his retirement Tuesday, effective June 30.
Jackson has served as chief since February 2007.
He began working for the City of Thomasville in October 1976, and has since worked his way through the ranks from jailer when the city had its own jail to police chief.
“It’s been a true honor to have had the opportunity to serve the Thomasville Police Department and my community for the last 38 years,” Jackson said. “I have watched our community grow and thrive during my tenure with the police department, and I take great pride in knowing that I have had the privilege to be a part of that.”
Under Jackson’s leadership, TPD has maintained accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. and state certification.
During his tenure as chief, Jackson served as the District 2 representative for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
“Ellis brought a great deal of experience to the office of chief of police, and that experience has served our community well. He is highly regarded by law enforcement officials across the state, but most importantly, he has the respect of those who have served under his leadership,” said City Manager/Utilities Superintendent Steve Sykes.
As to plans for retirement, Jackson is looking forward to spending time with his family, church and outdoors.
“Having the opportunity to spend additional time with my family is very important to me, as well as being able to become more involved in the church where I preach, Bethel CME Church in Valdosta,” Jackson said.
“Of course, there will also be many more fishing trips, and I am looking forward to having additional time to travel,” he added.
Sykes said he would name Jackson’s replacement in coming days.
Georgia Department of Education District Effectiveness Specialist Bobby Smith educates Thomas County teachers about Georgia’s new accountability program, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, at a Tuesday meeting.
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