Starting his law enforcement career in 1976, Ellis Jackson never expected to be sitting in the position he is now, as Thomsaville's newest police chief. He also never expected to make history being the first African-American to ever hold this title in the Rose City.
Chief Ellis Jackson said, "I'm real excited because this agency is in good shape. Chief Huckstep has done a great job. The department within my tenure is in the best shape I've ever seen."
INV Melvin Johnson with the Police Department said, "Captain Jackson and myself came in to the department around the same time in 1976, Captain Jackson, or rather Chief Jackson, has worked his way up through the ranks from sergeant to lieutenant, then captain, now our new chief."
Camille Payne sits on the city council and said" He's come up through the ranks, and that's a great honor for him and for the city of Thomasville to have him as our first African-American chief."
Not only is this an honor for Chief Jackson, but also an inspiration for others.
Candace Bailey is a Thomasville resident and said, You hear all the time, people saying it's time for a change, time for things to be different, and I think it's good to see history in the making, and being able to see change instead of just hearing about it."
Chief Jackson has served as the interim chief since November, and in that time city officials say he's definitely proven he can handle the job.