The top five applicants from a field of 18 vying to become the new police chief in Thomson has been released, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
City Administrator Don Powers announced the names of those candidates on Tuesday morning.
They are Jerry Stanphill, Win Howard, Joe Nelson, Gary Jones and Clyburn Halley, Jr.
Mr. Stanphill currently serves as the assistant chief of the Thomson Police Department. He has worked under current Police Chief John Hathaway for several years.
Chief Hathaway will retire from his post March 9.
Mr. Stanphill was a former investigator with the department before being promoted to his current position.
He also works with the McDuffie County School System as safety officer at Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School.
Mr. Howard is a former chief of police in Harlem, a former criminal investigator and current internal affairs investigator with the Columbia County Sheriff's Department.
The other three applicants also have several years of law enforcement experience.
Mr. Jones currently works for the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, while Mr. Nelson is a detective with the Washington Police Department. Mr. Halley, meanwhile, has several years of experience with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Powers said the five top applicants are slated to be interviewed next Monday and Tuesday by members of Thomson City Council at Thomson City Hall. Those interviews will be conducted in executive session each of those days beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Once those interviews have been completed, council members will then decide the one that might become the city's new police chief.