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Police chief could be named tonight

A new police chief is expected to be announced by officials during the Thomson City Council meeting tonight.

The position had been held by longtime Police Chief John Hathaway, who announced his retirement from the city last year. His last day on the job was Tuesday. Duties of the police chief were expected to have been performed by Assistant Chief Jerry Stamphill until could city officials announced the selection of the new police chief, according to City Administrator Don Powers.

"The plan is to announce a new chief for our police department at the council meeting," Mr. Powers said in a telephone interview with The McDuffie Mirror last week.

A special committee recently narrowed the 18-candidate field down to the top five and those five men were all recently interviewed by council members over a two-day period at city hall.

The top five candidates for the position include Mr. Stamphill, who has served as assistant chief and an investigator at the local police department for several years.

Other hopeful candidates are Win Howard, an internal affairs investigator with the Columbia County Sheriff's Department and former chief of the Harlem Police Department; Gary Jones, a road patrol sergeant with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department; Joe Nelson, an investigator with the Washington Police Department and Clyburn Halley, Jr., who has several years experience with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Thomson City Council convenes at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend this meeting and all government meetings.

Web posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010

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