THOMASVILLE — City Manager Alan Carson said that just as past Thomasville chiefs of police have moved Thomasville Police Department (TPD) forward, he hopes to name a new chief by the end of the week to continue the tradition.

"This has been a very positive and enriching process. Working with the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs and their process has enabled Thomasville to have three outstanding candidates to choose from," Carson said.

Candidates are:

• Shane Harris — Employed by TPD since 1994, TPD major, patrol commander, oversees day-to-day activities of uniform and criminal investigations divisions, assists in maintaining department's state and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) certifications.

Previously employed by Albany Police Department, Harris has a master of arts in public administration from Columbus State University, a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Thomas University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy

He previously served as TPD training officer and is a member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

• John Letteney — Apex, North Carolina, police chief since 2012, led the agency through initial and advanced CALEA accreditation; Southern Pines, North Carolina, police chief from 2005-12, led the agency through initial CALEA accreditation; retired at the rank of captain and zone commander from the Sheriff's Office Police Bureau in Rochester, New York, in 2005; presenter/ instructor/guest lecturer.

Letteney has a masters degree in public administration from Marist College, a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He serves on the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission and is vice president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

• Mark Scott — Americus police chief since 2016; deputy chief of Albany Police Department from 2009 to 2016, and served the agency as commander of support services, Criminal Investigations Bureau and Uniform Bureau commander; employed by TPD from 1989-2009, served as a detective sergeant, then reaching the rank of captain, was commander of the TPD Support Services Division.

Scott received a master of public administration from Columbus State University and graduated from the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, graduated from the FBI National Academy, received a master of science in sociology with an emphasis on criminal justice administration from Valdosta State University, graduated cum laude from Valdosta State College with a bachelor of fine arts in communication with a minor in radio and television.

He is a certified assessor and team leader with CALEA and the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program and a part-time adjunct professor of sociology at Southern Regional Technical College.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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