Savannah- Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Chief Joseph Lumpkin announced his resignation last Friday.
Chief Lumpkin joined SCMPD in November 2014.
Chief Lumpkin will be the new deputy chief operating officer of public safety for DeKalb County, effective Jan. 28, 2018. He will be responsible for police, fire rescue, animal control, emergency management, 911 and medical examiner services.
In a letter addressed to the City Manager Rob Hernandes, Lumpkin stated “Given the police enhancements in the 2018 City of Savannah Budget and continuity of leadership possessed by the two assistant chiefs, I am of opinion the future is bright for the new Savannah Police Department (SPD). Within five years, the two current assistant chiefs will have completed the cultural change and disrupted the groups and gangs, which will result in every neighborhood being safer. He continued, “I appreciate the opportunity the City of Savannah presented for me and I am sincerely grateful for everything that Chatham County did to enhance public safety during my tenure. I wish the outstanding men and women of the future SPD as well as the forming Chatham County Police Department nothing but the best.”
Lumpkin appointed Assistant Chief Robert Gavin and Assistant Chief Kerry Thomas to replace a single spot vacated in July. Lumpkin spoke about having a succession plan.
“You always plan, plan A plan B and C. If I’m not in this position today, the manager has in his mindset a B, C replacement and if I were to be in the hospital tomorrow,” said Lumpkin.
Mayor DeLoach said “Chief Lumpkin leaves in place a department with two qualified chiefs and 600 highly qualified officers. I’ve spoken with the city manager and we will conduct a nationwide search to find the best candidate to be our next chief. “All of us appreciate everything he did and I’ve never seen a man with more integrity than Chief Jack Lumpkin,” said Mayor DeLoach.