Mize Joins Toccoa Police Dept.

A long time employee of the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is settling in at the Toccoa Police Department.

Former Sheriff’s Office Detective Jimmy Mize started as a Detective with the Toccoa Police Department last week.

Mize said he is excited to join the Police Department’s detective division.

“It is a little bit different (and) a change of pace,” said Mize.  “I have worked with these guys on the road with cases and everything.  They have a good group of guys and I thought I could bring something a little different to the table and help work on some stuff.”

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said he is very happy to bring Mize on board, saying he will add a lot to the department.

Mize worked for the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years in a number of roles including dispatch, the jail, patrol, and the detective division.

In 2009, he took over as the head of the Investigative Division.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said Mize will be missed.

“When I was first elected, (we) talked for a good while and he was a good fit, I thought, to command the Investigative Division,” said Shirley.  “He helped re-shape and bring the Investigative Division to where it is today.  It meets any demand placed on it.  Any challenges we have or will have can be met by a professional staff.”

Shirley noted that the Sheriff’s Office has incorporated the GBI Case File Management System, which has garnered it accolades from the District Attorney’s Office.

In addition, he pointed to the office’s Crime Scene Unit, which he said not many Sheriff’s Office in the Southeast have.

Shirley said that Bill Zigan was appointed to head the Investigative Division on an interim basis, with the permanent decision expected this week.

Meanwhile, the sheriff said his office has lost numerous deputies recently, adding that the county’s benefits must be competitive in order to retain staff.

He added that losing trained staff to other departments also requires additional money in order to train their replacements.