Jay Tilley has had a remarkable law enforcement career, one that ended with a nearly 10-year stint with the Clinton Police Department, six as its leader.
He retired last week, leaving behind a department that has seen tremendous growth, not so much in number, but in technological advances, community involvement and outreach. With Tilley at the helm, and with a very supportive mayor and City Council, the department has taken strides usually witnessed in much larger areas. Body cameras, taser cameras and video in cars; recruitment videos that work to bring the best and the brightest to our department; a texting system and phone app that offers citizens a modern and anonymous way to report suspicious activity and criminal incidents; national accreditation; Latino Community meetings, are all examples of improvement made in the last six years.
Clinton and its residents have benefited greatly from Tilley’s stellar leadership and innovative thinking, as have the officers who have served under him.
We wish him well in a much deserved retirement, knowing that while he will be missed, he has left a group of officers behind who are well trained and ready to carry on his mission until the city finds a new chief to replace him.
Citizens are in good hands with Capt. Donald Edwards who is now serving as acting chief and officers who, we know, will continue to do the jobs they’ve been doing.