December 22, 2017
For Immediate Release
SAVANNAH, GA (December 22, 2017)— Mayor Eddie DeLoach issued the following statement today regarding the announced resignation of SCMPD Chief Jack Lumpkin:
“We are sad to see Chief Jack Lumpkin leave Savannah, but wish him luck in his next position in DeKalb County. Lumpkin will be working closely with his good friend, DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond. Chief Lumpkin leaves Savannah in a much better place than when he arrived, including a double-digit drop in part 1 crimes, a 9% drop in violent crime, and a 32% drop in homicides from 2017-2016. Chief Lumpkin installed the highest level of professionalism and integrity in the SCMPD.
While we are sad to see Chief Lumpkin leave, the SCMPD and the future Savannah Police Department will continue on this path of excellence. Chief Lumpkin leaves in place a department with two qualified Assistant Chiefs, and over 600 high-quality officers. I have spoken with the City Manager and we will be conducting a nationwide search to find the best candidate to be our next Chief.
The Citizens have my word we will continue these trends of crime reduction. Our police force is stronger than ever, and with the enhancements to our 2018 Budget we will continue the path to a safer Savannah.”