Jacksonville Police Chief Retires
A local police chief will soon be turning in his badge after serving his community for more than 30 years. Jacksonville Police Chief Tommy Thompson officially turned in his retirement papers after publicly announcing his retirement last week at the city council meeting. Chief Thompson began as a intern for the Jacksonville Police Department in June of 1971, he was just 21-years-old.
After completing his internship he was quickly hired on to the staff as an officer before being promoted to sergeant. In 1988, former Mayor John Nisbet appointed Thompson as Police Chief for the City of Jacksonville. Chief Thompson says through his years of being Chief he’s had some good and bad days, but the good always outweighs the bad. Chief Thompson would like to encourage everyone to come out to the Jacksonville Christmas parade on November 29th as it will be his last parade he leads for the community. Chief Thompson’s last day as chief will be Friday, November 30th.