Letteney named TPD chief


THOMASVILLE — John W. Letteney has been named Thomasville Police Department chief.

Letteney will assume the post on Jan. 11, 2021.

His appointment comes after a lengthy search conducted by the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs, which narrowed the applicant pool from 31 to a final three. 

“We were fortunate to have a great pool of applicants and three very impressive final candidates,” said Thomasville City Manager Alan Carson. “In the end, I selected the candidate that I felt would best move our department forward while maintaining both our focus on our professional agency and our commitment to community-based policing. John is an experienced law enforcement professional, and I look forward to having him join Team Thomasville and leading TPD into the future.”

Letteney is chief of the Apex (North Carolina) Police Department, a position he has held since 2012. 

Letteney previously worked for Southern Pines Police Department in Southern Pines, North Carolina, for seven years and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Rochester, New York for 24 years.  

“John’s law enforcement career is very impressive,” Carson said. “He has risen through the ranks, beginning first as a dispatcher and police assistant before achieving progressively higher ranks throughout his career. He has also worked with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), where he was an assessor and team leader, experience that will prove extremely valuable to us as a CALEA-certified agency.”

Letteney holds a masters degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice from Marist College. He received a bachelors of science degree in criminal justice from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He has also attended the FBI Regional Command College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The selection of our next chief of police was no easy task, as TPD has a reputation for excellence in its service to the Thomasville community,” Carson said. “We have an outstanding agency, staffed with some of the best law enforcement professionals anywhere. I’m confident in my selection of (John) Letteney to lead our department, and I look forward to the impact he will have on our organization.”

A pinning ceremony will be held in January to officially install Letteney as TPD chief.

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

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