Will there ever be a merger between Chatham County police and the Savannah police? County commissioners want one and are trying to speed up the process. They already voted in favor of a tentative plan and want city aldermen to follow suit. County manager Russ Abolt wants commissioners to vote in early April, because if no merger is approved, he'll have to get started searching for a new county police chief.
"With Chief Sprague retiring, either we have to move forward with the merger or hire a new chief," District 7 commissioner Dean Kicklighter told us. "We can't have the police department floundering around without a leader, so we need to get serious and figure out what we're going to do."
If the city doesn't approve of the plan, at least in concept, the merger might be dead.