Jackson Speaks Further on Police Chief Process

Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson is commenting more on the process that led to the selection of Tim Jarrell as the new Toccoa Police Chief.

Originally, Toccoa City Commissioners approved a motion in August to spend $9,500 to hire the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Assessment Center to help the city assess top candidates for the position. Toccoa City Manager Mike Jackson had said then he wanted to use the Assessment Center in the search process.

However, Jackson decided in the end not to use the assessment center and in turn, save the city that $9,500.

Jackson said that Jarrell’s performance as interim chief stood out to him and helped him make his decision.

“During the process when I appointed him interim chief, he went down there and quietly went about his job and did a heckuva good job and as I was interviewing him and other candidates, it became clear that we had a good fit right here in the building.”

Jackson also said that Jarrell stood out to him during the interview process as well.