Ex-GBI agent is Thomson interim police chief

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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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I'm Back Again 05/24/12 - 08:54 pm
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Hilarious
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Now that made me chuckle. A police chief that cant arrest you and can't carry a gun. Can Someone say Andy Griffith? Seems that they could have found someone to fill in thats really a cop. What about promoting a Captain or Lt from within? Is that not heard of these days? Why does everyone look so far from home when they need a position filled???

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CoastalDawg 05/25/12 - 09:35 am
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Congratulations!

Perhaps he doesn't want the job permanently (lapsed certification can be renewed I'm sure), but John Seay would make an excellent permanent police chief. I've known him since before he married and know him to be a man of integrity.

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I'm Back Again 05/25/12 - 12:37 pm
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I'm sure he is a great guy.
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I'm sure he is a great guy. But the fact that someone could commit a crime right in front of him and he cant do anything except call for help is a waste of taxpayer money. Im sure there is someone else nearby, just as nice, that could fill in, and arrest you.

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