Jones named Madison PD Assistant Chief Monday
By Tara DeRock Mahoney
Senior Staff Writer
Detective Carl Jones was named Assistant Chief of the Madison police at the city council’s regular meeting last Monday.
Jones has been head of the city investigations for a number of years, and he also, with current Chief Travis Stapp, served as a de facto assistant chief under former Chief Neal Thompson, according to Madison City Manager David Nunn. “He’s a one-man department and he does it beautifully,” said Nunn in announcing Jones’s promotion.
Jones is a 27-year veteran of the city squad, who was recruited as a minority officer in the early 1980s and eventually became head of the city’s investigative unit before being promoted to Assistant Chief.
“When you’ve been a police officer for a while, you either gravitate toward traffic or investigation,” said Jones in an interview on Tuesday. “I went toward investigations.”
Jones, 50, was born in Atlanta but raised in Morgan County, his parents’ home. He graduated from Morgan County High School and attended Gordon Junior College and later, the Northeast Georgia Police Academy.
His entry into the police force was prosaic and very much of the times.
“I got into police work because of Ronald Reagan,” said Jones. “I had been working at the Big Star on Main Street in Madison, which was unionized,” he said. “I was married and had a baby daughter, when Ronald Reagan made some changes to the unions, and all of a sudden my hours were cut. My job wasn’t as steady. I needed something with regular pay, something secure, and [former Madison council member] Sam Bishop told me the police were looking for a minority police officer, so I applied and I got the job. I worked two jobs for a while, and eventually became a full-time police officer.”
Jones was hired by former Chief Neal Thompson, former city manager Charles Young, and former Mayor Luke Allgood.
“I got a good foundation from Neal, and Charles, and Mayor Allgood,” said Jones. “And I’ve been blessed by [long-term Madison] Councilman Fred Perriman over the years—I was fortunate to have them.”
Jones and his wife of 29 years, Dianne, have three children—the aforementioned Shenee, who lives in Richmond, VA; Kereth, a student at the University of Georgia; and recent graduate Kerleisha, who will attend Emory University this fall. Jones’s father, Thomas Jones, lives in Madison. The family attends Barrows Grove Baptist Church.
“We have a good group here in Madison,” said Jones. “My favorite part of the job is helping people, and we have a great group of people helping others here in Madison.”
Council member Perriman agreed.
“We’re proud of our chief, our assistant chief, and our entire team,” said Mayor Pro Tem Perriman on Monday.