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Two senior officers leave Elizabethton Police Department

John Thompson • Updated Sep 22, 2017 at 11:26 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two of the top-ranking officers in the Elizabethton Police Department announced their resignations this month.

Maj. Shannon Peters had earlier told Police Chief Jason Shaw that he would be resigning as the second-ranking officer in the department. Peters' last day was Sept. 12. Following his exit, Capt. Joy Shoun, commander of the Criminal Investigation Division has announced her resignation.

Shoun said her plan was to take a position with a local insurance company. Shaw said Peters was also leaving law enforcement.

In addition to the two senior officers, the small department also saw the resignations of two experienced patrol officers a couple of months ago. Those two were Jordan Ensor and Matt Sexton, who both left to join the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Often, the sudden resignation of two senior leaders of a department are a signal of a planned personnel change. Shaw said the current resignations were just coincidence.

"They have both been very supportive of me during my transition to chief over the last year. I was surprised and shocked at their resignations. I understand their desire to pursue different opportunities at this time and I wish them both the best of luck," he said.

Shaw was named chief on Nov. 16, 2016, to succeed Greg Workman, who left to become director of the the city of Elizabethton’s Purchasing Department.

Shaw said he plans to fill the vacancies from within the department.

Internal promotion would mean a total of four vacancies at the entry level. One of those positions has already been filled by a candidate from last year's list of applicants, Dillon Andes, who has been working as a corrections officer with the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Shaw said the police department and the fire department had already been planning to start interviewing and testing the new year's list of candidates for employment.

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