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35-Year Officer Named New Chief Of Police

The city of Whitesburg names a new chief of police this week.
 
Eddie Thompson replaces Juanita Howell as chief, who retired last month.
 
Thompson has worked 35-years in law enforcement in the west Georgia region; most recently with the Villa Rica Police Department.
 
He says he'll place a heavy focus on family, and intends to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the department.
 
"Of course I have my own ideas and my own style, but I don't see me making wholesale changes right away," he said. "I want to get ideas from the officers that are still there, see what they think. Where would they like to see Whitesburg in five years, or maybe they have ideas that need to happen now."
 
Thompson will wrap up his duties with the VRPD this week. It's a job where he's made good friends and collected good experience. "Of course it's a little tough to leave this place," he said. "I made friends that will last a lifetime and I've been friends with Chief Mansour for thirty years. I'll have him on speed dial."
 
When asked about Whitesburg's reputation for being a "speed trap," Thompson acknowledged, that's the image that some have.
 
"We are not going to try to carry on that tradition," he says. "We will enforce laws but we will not be a speed trap."
 
Thompson starts his new job as chief of Whitesburg Police, Monday June 13th.
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