Ex-GBI agent is Thomson interim police chief

THOMSON — The Thomson City Council has named a retiree of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as the interim chief of its police department.

John Seay, who retired from the GBI in 1999 after 28 years, will lead the Thomson Police Department for the next 90 to 120 days after action Thursday during a called city council meeting.

Since leaving the GBI, Seay has served as a bailiff in McDuffie County courts.

He began his interim duties as police chief Thursday, though because his certification has lapsed he won’t be able to make arrests or carry a firearm, Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry said.

Seay will assist in seeking a permanent chief to replace Joe Nelson, who resigned effective Wednesday after two years on the job.

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