JONESVILLE — Chase Wood of Yadkin County was sworn in as a police officer here Friday afternoon.
Tasha Ferguson, office manager for the police department, delivered the Oath of Office to Wood during a 3 p.m. ceremony at Jonesville Town Hall while Sgt. Justin Hamlin held the Bible.
Wood, who grew up in the Sparta area, worked for 15 months as a deputy sheriff for the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and said he thoroughly enjoyed it. He started working for the Jonesville Police Department on Saturday.
It was a month before graduating from Alleghany High School in 2011 when Wood decided he wanted to go into law enforcement. “I applied to go to game warden school and actually got in the school,” he said, “but wasn’t old enough to get a job when I graduated. So I gave that up and went to college, got a two-year degree and then took my Basic Law Enforcement Training.”
Wood graduated in December of 2014 from Basic Law Enforcement Training at Wilkes Community College.
He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his friend, Randy Boger, who also lives in the Sparta area and is retired as a patrolman with the N.C. Highway Patrol.
“We’ve always been good friends,” Wood said, “and I think he’s had 45 years experience. He has taught me a whole lot. He was actually my first training officer, so I just would like to fill his shoes.”
Wood was in the eighth grade when he met Boger on a Boy Scout camping trip. Boger’s daughters were Girls Scouts, and the Alleghany Girl Scouts just happened to show up at the same camp at the same time as the Alleghany Boy Scouts.
Wood said his uncle also worked in law enforcement.
He made the decision to move to Yadkin County after his fiancée, Lindsey Mathis, who grew up in Boonville, got a job at a nursing home in Yadkinville. It was one of the Jonesville patrol officers who called and told him about the vacancy in the department and encouraged him to apply.
Wood said he called and talked with Chief Roger Reece, “and everything kind of fell into place.” He said his parents, Kathy and Roger Wood, are happy for him “but they’re sad to see me move off the mountain.”
Chief Reece said he and the other officers are proud to have Wood join the Jonesville Police Department. “I think he will be a good addition to our force here,” he said. “He comes with experience which keeps us from having to train someone right out of rookie school.”
Wood will complete a 12-week full-time officer training course with the department, the chief said.
The Jonesville Police Department has another position available for a full-time road officer and two auxilliary positions. “I always try to keep a good staff of auxiliary officers to pull from in case someone decides to retire and leave,” Reece said. “We currently have two, but I’d like to have two more.”
Kathy Chaffin may be reached at 336-258-4058.