The field of 18 applicants vying to become the new police chief in Thomson is expected to be narrowed down soon, according to a city official.
Mayor Kenneth Usry and members of city council met in executive session after last Thursday night's regular meeting to form a committee that will be involved in the interviewing and recommendation of a new police chief. The committee will consist of Mr. Usry, Mayor Pro Tem Alton Belton, Administrator Don Powers and Human Resources Director Shanda Grant.
The committee was expected to meet this week to begin the process of narrowing down the field before setting up interviews with the top candidates, according to Mr. Powers.
The city official could not say if the committee would choose the top three or more candidates to interview for the position being left vacant on March 9 with the retirement of Chief John Hathaway.
As soon as the top candidates have been selected, their names will be released publicly, Mr. Powers said.
Many of the applicants seeking to become the new police chief either presently have jobs in law enforcement or have had prior experience in that field.
None of the applicants' names officially have been released as of this time.
At least three of the applicants have been with the City of Thomson Police Department for several years, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
One other applicant, meanwhile, is a retired special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.