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November 14, 2006

Thomasville-  Captain Ellis Jackson will serve as Interim Police Chief following the resignation of Chief David Huckstep. Huckstep announced last week that he's accepted a job with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in Florida. His last day will be next week. The naming of Jackson is expected to make Huckstep's departure seamless.

In ten days Captain Ellis Jackson will take control of the 60 officers in the Thomasville Police Department. Jackson was selected to serve as interim chief until Chief David Huckstep replacement is found.

"Everyone was shocked a lot of sad faces and I was one. I hate to see him leave because we have so much that's in the pipeline now," said Captain Ellis Jackson.

Those projects are somehting Jackson plans to continue.

"I have a passion for policing and I have a passion for this agency and I've been here for thirty years and this is my life," said Jackson.

Jackson believes the bond between this band of brothers is tight.

"It's a good position to be in now to act as the interim chief and hopefully whoever gets the chief's job they will be in good shape because this department is very, very solid," said Jackson.

City Manager Steve Sykes plans to launch a nationwide search for a new chief, it's a group Captain Jackson says he wouldn't mind being a part of.

"It is, I wanted to perhaps to find a chief's job ," said Jackson.

Until that replacement is named Jackson says resident's won't notice a difference in the level of service or programs like C.O.P.S. 

The search for a new chief is expected to take at least six months.

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