The Thomson Police Department has a new right hand man.
Former TPD Investigator Jerry Stanphill was named the assistant chief last week, according to City Administrator Bob Flanders.
"Jerry Stanphill came to us highly recommended by a number of members of the criminal justice community," Mr. Flanders said. "That coupled with his record of performance as an investigator showed that he was someone who had the kind of management skills and attention to detail and work ethic that we were looking for in an assistant chief."
Assistant Chief Stanphill has been with the TPD since 1991 and an investigator since 1993. He takes over for John Holiman who retired late last year.
The promotion meant a lot to Assistant Chief Stanphill who said he is ready for the adjustment to handling the supervisory role he is faced with. His duties now include supervising the road patrol side of the TPD and assisting Chief John Hathaway.
"It gives me a sense of accomplishment, of course," he said. "I look forward to getting into another aspect of law enforcement."
With the department still several officers short, Assistant Chief Stanphill said he will continue to perform some of his former duties while learning his new role.
"Right now we're kind of in a transition period when I'm still doing some of the investigative part, and also I have taken over the supervisory position," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting fully staffed where I can get out there and patrol with the guys and do my job."
Chief Hathaway said two open slots at the department will be filled as soon as candidates can complete their training.
"Two boys started school today (April 11)," he said. "It will be 10 weeks before they get out, so we're working on filling them."