After serving as the police chief of Thomson for nearly 25 years, John Hathaway is now just a private citizen.
He is now officially retired from the job he worked at for more than 35 years. Mr. Hathaway, a Viet Nam veteran, performed his last duties as police chief on Tuesday.
"I've turned in my keys to the office and the patrol car and now I'm retired," said Mr. Hathaway. "It's a great feeling. I'm having a good time so far."
Mr. Hathaway was treated to a retirement dinner at the Thomson Depot last Wednesday by officials with the City of Thomson. More than 100 law enforcement officers, including McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall and authorities representing several other area law enforcement agencies, as well as Superior Court Judges Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. and Harold Hinesley, attended.
"I enjoyed my time serving the people of Thomson, but I thought the time had come for me to retire, so that's what I did," said Mr. Hathaway. "I don't have any regrets in leaving this job. It's been very difficult at times."
The people he has worked with through the years will be what he misses most.
"I got the opportunity to work with a lot of real dedicated people while serving as the police chief and for that I was very blessed," added Mr. Hathaway. "I'm going to miss all the people that I worked with and a number of the citizens in Thomson."
Now that he's retired, he plans to take up another job not one as nearly demanding as his police chief job, but one he plans to devote much of his time -- golf.
"I'm planning on playing golf just as much as I can," said Mr. Hathaway. "I'm really looking forward to having some time to call my own for the first time in my adult life."