I met our new police chief, Joe Nelson, who still is working as chief investigator at the Washington Police Department, but who is expected to assume his new role soon.
After talking with him for more than two hours Friday, I feel as though I've known him for years. He has a tremendous personality -- one that is sincere and genuine.
Mr. Nelson is going to make a great fit in our community and help take our police department to new heights. He has several excellent ideas. He shared some of them with me. And I was most impressed.
He has a vision for what he'd like to see the Thomson Police Department become. And I share that vision, since I'm a longtime advocate of good law enforcement.
One of those visions is something that could be achieved within a relatively short period with hard work, determination and more pride.
That particular goal involves becoming the best police department within the six-county Toombs Judicial Circuit.
Once that is achieved, Mr. Nelson wants to then strive for his department to become the best small town police department in the Peach State. Again, I'm with him in thinking such is a most attainable goal.
Those of us who live in Thomson should feel prideful and praise our local elected officials for having chosen this fine man to lead our police department. He's going to do a really good job. Right now, the most important thing we can do for Mr. Nelson is to show him that we support him in his quest to make the Thomson Police Department everything it can be.
We also need to get behind him and his officers and investigator to rid as much of the criminal element out of our community as possible. Remember, good people should never be run out of the town -- it's the bad people that need to go.
While talking with Mr. Nelson, I learned that we know many of the same people. One of those people happens to be his former prep football coach -- Charles Rutland, who has been a longtime friend of mine.
I learned something else, too. We are both natives of neighboring Jefferson County. And he, like me, has a nickname. His is Robo Cop , while mine is Lite Bread .
I found out a number of very interesting things about my newest friend. He likes riding motorcycles and serves as president of The Nubian Knights , a Christian motorcycle group based in Augusta who shares faith, hope and charity with people throughout the CSRA. He's also an ordained deacon at Youth Crusade Evangelistic Center in Greenwood, S.C.
Mr. Nelson also is fond of young people.
"I've got a big heart for young people," said Mr. Nelson.
He does, indeed.
For the past 10 years, Mr. Nelson, who also is a certified barber, has cut hundreds of teenage boys' hair. He's never charged them a dime.
What a guy!
I welcome you, Chief Nelson!