John Hathaway is counting the days until he steps down as the longtime chief of the Thomson Police Department.
"I'm looking forward to retirement," laughed Chief Hathaway during a recent conversation. "I'm planning on playing a lot of golf. And I'm looking forward to getting my first retirement check."
Chief Hathaway's last day on the job will be March 9.
The search for a new police chief has begun. City officials began advertising for the position in January. By the close of business on Monday -- the final day for applying for the position -- 18 people had applied, according to Thomson Administrator Don Powers.
Mr. Powers said the field will be narrowed to the top three and that interviews would be conducted with each of them before city officials decide the top applicant. Once that is done, a formal salary package would be offered and if that person accepts, he would become the new police chief, Mr. Powers explained.
The city administrator said the names of those seeking the job are not being disclosed publicly at this time.
"We won't be doing any of that until we have narrowed the list down to the top three," Mr. Powers said.
The Mirror has learned that at least three of those seeking the position are on the city police force. At least three applicants are employed with other law enforcement agencies.