Capt. Billy Thomas is new Selma police chief

SELMA – Selma Town Manager Elton Daniels told The Johnstonian News on Wednesday, Oct. 10 that Selma Police Capt. Billy Thomas is Selma’s new chief of police.

Thomas, a Selma resident, has been a town employee for over 16 years. He started his career with the Selma Police Department as a Dispatcher.

Throughout the years, Daniels said Thomas has worked his way up the ranks, receiving awards including 2010 Officer of the Year and 2017 the Distinguished Service Award.

“Selecting the new police chief had a lot to do with having the right person,” said Daniels. “People are always looking to better themselves  and what I want to do here in Selma is give all of our employees the opportunity to grow and advance within the organization.”

Daniels said rewarding talent and promoting from within engenders a culture of loyalty and stability.

“We also get a greater return on the time and resources invested in each employee by promoting from within,” said Daniels. “Capt. Thomas, has the knowledge, skills and abilities to take our police department to new heights and accomplishments.”

An official swearing-in ceremony for the new chief will take place Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at the Jernigan Building, 110 E. Anderson St.

Selma Police Capt. Billy Thomas, right, offers fist bump to Selma Elementary student. Thomas will be sworn in as police chief on Oct. 24. Steve Reed | Johnstonian News

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