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Jonesborough seeks approval from Board of Mayor and Aldermen for new police chief hire


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The town of Jonesborough announced to their police officers on Thursday night that they will be hiring Ron Street as their new police chief. The hire is pending approval from by the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The group is set to meet on Monday night.

An file photo from the Johnson City Press of Street.
An file photo from the Johnson City Press of Street.

The town received seven applicants for the position, but Jonesborough Operations Manager Craig Ford said there were none as qualified as Street, who has 38 years of law enforcement management experience.

“I don’t know of anyone in this upper East Tennessee region that has a stronger resume than the career that he has had,” Ford told the Herald & Tribune. “We feel like he is the epitome of a professional law enforcement administrator and he will be a really good fit for the agency.”

Street in a Jonesborough resident and started on the Johnson City force in 1973. He later took over as police chief,  a title he held for 13 years, and retired as the longest tenured chief of police in 2003. He later joined the Carter County Sheriff’s department as their Chief Deputy in Sept. 2006, where he later retired in Sept. 2014.

If approved by the board, Street will still have to complete the preemployment process.