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Chastain named Officer of the Year

Ellijay Police Chief Edward Lacey, right, congratulates Jacob Chastain for being named the city police department’s first Officer of the Year. (Contributed photo)
Ellijay Police Department
Special to the Times-Courier

In 2014, the Ellijay Police Department instituted an agency employee awards and recognition program. Of these awards is the Officer of the Year Award and we are proud to announce the first recipient.

The Officer of the Year award is an award that may be bestowed only once annually to a sworn full-time employee for outstanding achievement and performance in support of the agency’s stated mission, goals and objectives.  

The officer must not have any sustained allegations of misconduct and must demonstrate by his or her actions support of the agency’s core values, vision and stated goals and objectives.   

Officer Jacob Chastain was recommended to Mayor Al?Hoyle for this award by Ellijay Police Chief Edward Lacey and the command staff of the Ellijay Police Department.  

During a Feb. 24 Ellijay City Council meeting, Officer Chastain was presented with a uniform pin and certificate along with an official mayoral proclamation.  

In this proclamation, Mayor Hoyle noted that officer Chastain “has been a great asset to the agency and has increased and enhanced the agency’s organizational effectiveness in a manner that has clearly distinguished him from other employees.”

The proclamation encourages, “all citizens to join me in acknowledging the success he has brought to the City of Ellijay and to the City of Ellijay Police Department.”

Chastain is married to his wife, Valerie, and they live in Ellijay.  

He hopes to complete his bachelor’s degree this year.
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