Veteran Lawman Named Rocky Mount Interim Police Chief

A veteran Rocky Mount police officer has been named interim police chief.

Captain Jim Thomas will take command of the department Friday, following the retirement of Chief John Manley.

Thomas began as a police officer in 1981 and has worked in all four of the department's divisions. Most recently he was commander of the Staff Services Division.

Manley will retire Thursday after 32 years in law enforcement. He was named police chief in December 2004.

City Manager Charles Penny says he is currently reviewing candidates for the city's next police chief.

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  • by Rob Location: Greensboro on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    I applied for this position. I have yet to hear a thing from the city or get any indication of how many people have applied and where they're at in the process. This is unprofessional in my opinion. Plus I doubt that this city's management is obective enough to look outside of their city and their area anyway. Also, after 30 years, this interim police chief should be forced into retirement!
  • by J Location: Rocky Mount on Jun 28, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    He's retiring soon. He's just a fill-in until they name the new chief.
  • by MadMax on Jun 28, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    30 years in law enforcement is a long time, if Captain Thomas wants the job, give it to him, time to clean up Rocky Mount and some other surrounding areas

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