Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cochran police chief resigns from office

Cochran Police Chief Jon Thrower, whose department has been under joint investigation by the GBI and FBI in recent months because of allegations of officers’ misconduct, has resigned, the town’s mayor said Monday.

Mayor Gene Towns said Thrower submitted a letter of resignation more than a week ago and that Thrower officially turned in his badge the day after Thanksgiving.

In August, the GBI and FBI began probing allegations that stemmed from a 2008 investigation of two former Cochran police officers who were working as part-time officers in Pineview, located about 30 miles southwest of Cochran.

The officers were charged with enticing a child and interfering with custody.

One of the officers was subsequently convicted of violation of oath of office and sentenced to five years on probation, the GBI said. The second officer’s case still is being adjudicated.

In late August, a Cochran officer resigned and was arrested on charges of conspiracy to sell a controlled substance and violation of his oath of office.

Joe Kovac, Jr of the Macon Telegraph reports.

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