Enterprise Police Chief Thomas D. Jones Retires
ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - A career spanning more than four decades is now coming to a close.
The head of the Enterprise Police Department Chief Thomas D. Jones retired Friday, after spending twenty-two years patrolling the streets in the City of Progress.
“I don’t have to answer that telephone anymore,” Jones laughed while sat back in the chair behind his desk. That’s one thing Jones said he’s excited about now this law enforcement career has come to an end. “No more getting calls at midnight, three o’clock in the morning.”
Working in the industry was something that-- even as a teenager-- Jones wanted to do. Raised in Barbour County’s city of Louisville, Jones said he would ride around with the police chief and listen to the calls coming in from the radio.
“That just always made it more stronger for me, that that was what I wanted to do,” Jones said.
He began working as an EMT and moved to the Capital City of Montgomery. That’s where his law enforcement career began in August 1976. He began working for the Montgomery Police Department, and remained for more than twenty years.
“I was looking at my personnel file, and I started work at $3.16 an hour, making $8,900 a year. And I thought back then, if I could get $12,000 dollars a year, I’d be great.”
In 1998, he remembered getting a call of a vacant police chief opening in Enterprise’s City of Progress. Jones applied and was one of the final three candidates..
“A few months later, I got notified that I was going to get the job,” Jones said.
Now, twenty-two years as chief and forty-four years later, Jones is calling it a career. He says it’s the tragedies that stick out the most.
“We had six missing people here years ago that took a lot of time and a lot of effort. The tornado that went through here, I can still visualize it today what I saw when I pulled up and the kids walking across the parking lots and going towards the church,” Jones said.
But he does have many good memories.
“I think the memorable things that I’ve had is just the whole career of how we moved here from Montgomery. We really didn’t know anybody and the community took us in,” Jones said.
As for what’s next, Jones says he’s ready to spend some quality time with his wife and grandkids. He also plans to get out and hit a few golf balls.
“I’m gonna go home and hang out with my wife who’s already at home. So its gonna be some adjustment. When you have a job like this, a lot of things kind of get neglected at home so I got a lot of honey-do list, I wont have much time for the next few couple of months anyways,” Jones said.
The department will now have an interim chief until the new city council decides what to do next.
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