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Assistant police chief withdraws letter of resignation

Jerry Stanphill has had a change of heart. Instead of moving on, he has decided to stick around, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.

Mr. Stanphill, who has served as assistant police chief for the past five years, had tendered his letter of resignation with the city last week, Thomson City Administrator Don Powers confirmed .

Asked by a reporter during a baseball game between Thomson and Grovetown on Tuesday night whether he was staying on as the assistant police chief, Mr. Stanphill replied, "yes."

Last week, it was the understanding of everyone knowledgeable about Mr. Stanphill's decision to step down that his last day would be Tuesday.

Ironically, that same afternoon, Mr. Stanphill met with Thomson Police Department Chief Joe Nelson, according to Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry.

"Apparently they worked out some things between each other and Jerry has decided to withdraw his letter of resignation," Mr. Usry told The Mirror late Tuesday. "As far as I'm concerned, we're moving forward with Jerry serving as our assistant police chief."

The mayor indicated that everybody was now on the same sheet of music.

Following the meeting between Chief Nelson and Mr. Stanphill, the two lawmen met with Mayor Usry and Mr. Powers.

Mr.Stanphill, who has been with the Thomson Police Department for the past 21 years, began as road patrolman and worked himself up to become an investigator before being promoted to his current position


Web posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010

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