Savannah PD assistant chief to be named police chief in Chamblee, GA

Savannah PD assistant chief to be named police chief in Chamblee, GA

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The assistant chief of police at the Savannah Police Department will be moving to a new job in Chamblee, GA.

Assistant Chief Kerry Thomas has been recommended by the Chamblee city manager for a position as the City of Chamblee’s new police chief.

Thomas has worked for the Savannah Police Department for 30 years.

Chief Thomas has served as the assistant chief of field operations for the Savannah Police Department since 2017. He joined the Savannah Police Department in 1988 after previously serving three years in the United States Army.

A Savannah Police Department spokesperson credits Thomas with several of their crime reduction initiatives. They called Assistant Chief Thomas one of the department's most visible faces in the communities.

Here is part of the statement they sent WTOC Friday afternoon: “Assistant Chief Thomas will truly be missed by our department and the Savannah community. We thank him for his service and wish him well as he starts his new career as the Chief of Police for the City of Chamblee.”

Chief Thomas’ appointment will go before the mayor and council for confirmation. He will begin his duties in Chamblee in mid-November.

The city manager and search committee selected him out of a field of about 50 applicants.

Thomas was a finalist for the chief position in Savannah a couple months ago.

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