Politics & Government

Washington named Centerville’s police officer of the year

CENTERVILLE -- Sgt. Jimmy L. Washington is the Centerville Police Department’s 2014 Officer of the Year.

Washington was given the honor at the City Council’s April work session Tuesday.

In honoring Washington, Mayor John Harley said he was proud of the officer and his professionalism. He said any law enforcement officer wanting to learn professionalism should look to Washington, the mayor said.

Presenting the award, Police Chief Sydney Andrews said he and Washington both served together in earlier years as patrol officers in Fort Valley.

Washington began his career in law enforcement as a corrections officer at Dooly State Prison before moving on to law enforcement jobs with Fort Valley, Marshallville and Peach County departments, Andrews said.

Washington joined the Centerville Police Department in 2011, and he was promoted to sergeant in 2103. Washington served as a field training officer for the department and currently is a shift supervisor.

Andrews said Washington has an associate degree in criminal justice and is working toward a bachelor’s degree.

In other business Tuesday, the council authorized a contract for fireworks for the city’s June 30 Independence Day Celebration. The city will pay $4,530 for the display, the same price as last year.

The event is one of several events spread across Houston County during the Fourth of July week.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.