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Jack Lumpkin hired as new Savannah police chief after leading Athens department for 17 years

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SAVANNAH, Georgia — Savannah's new police chief is a veteran of Georgia law enforcement who has led the Athens-Clarke County department for the past 17 years.

Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter announced Tuesday that Jack Lumpkin has been hired to lead the consolidated Savannah-Chatham County police department. He succeeds Juliette Tolbert, who served as acting chief during the past year and did not apply to keep the job.

Lumpkin's law enforcement career spans 43 years. He has served as chief of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department since 1997, and before that led Georgia police agencies in the cities of Albany and Toccoa.

Savannah officials said Lumpkin is scheduled to start his new job Nov. 9. He arrives as Savannah and Chatham County work to renew their agreement for operating a consolidated police department.

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