After more than 10 years policing the streets of Thomson, Sgt. Jared Land of the Thomson Police Department has tendered his resignation.
"I had been thinking about doing this for a while," Sgt. Land told The McDuffie Mirror during a telephone conversation on Tuesday night. "I knew that there was little room for advancement working at such a small police department. I just felt that I needed to try to move on and advance my career with a larger department."
Sgt. Land submitted a handwritten letter to Police Chief John Hathaway last Thursday. Sgt. Land, who currently is working out a notice with the city, would not say where he plans to work next, but that he has applied with two larger law enforcement agencies in the area. He said at this time he'd rather not name either one of those agencies.
Sgt. Land will not be the only officer leaving. His K-9 partner, "Kubo," a German Shepherd, will be retiring from the force. Sgt. Land said he will keep the dog who has worked around Thomson for the past 3 ½ years. Kubo is now 6-years-old.
"We're going to miss Sgt. Land and Kubo," Chief Hathaway said. "Sgt. Land and Kubo have done good jobs. I believe Sgt. Land will have a better chance to advance further with his career in law enforcement when he gets on with a larger department. I wish him well."
Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry praised Sgt. Land for his service to the city over the last 11 years.
"He's been a good employee, and we're going to miss him," he said. "I wish him the best in his future job."
Chief Hathaway said it's going to be "a challenge" attempting to replace Sgt. Land. Just two weeks ago, the only other sergeant on the night shift, Sgt. Dave Outland, retired after 14½ years on the city police force. Officer Richard Brassell of Gibson, who just graduated from police academy, has been hired to replace Sgt. Outland.