Sheriff names Roy Harris as new Chief Deputy

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Chatham County Sheriff Al St Lawrence has appointed Roy J. Harris as his new Chief Deputy.  Monday will be Harris' first day on the job.

The Tattnall County native has 40 years of law enforcement experience. From 2007 to December 31, 2010 Harris served as the Director of the Savannah-Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team. Before that he was a Deputy Director with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a Senior Police Training Consultant, and was an Adjunct Government Services Specialist at the University of Georgia's Car Vinson Institute of Government.

Harris holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Harris is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Harris said, "I am proud and honored to be a member of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.  I have known Sheriff St Lawrence during my entire 40 year law enforcement career.  I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Chatham County in this new capacity and I look forward to being with the Sheriff for many years to come.  Sheriff St Lawrence was a huge supporter of me as the CNT Director and was one of the people I went to for professional advice and guidance."

Sheriff St Lawrence said, "I've known Harris for a long time and I think he's the best man for the job. I worked closely with him during his time at CNT and I think he is a very good administrator."

Harris replaces Undersheriff Donald Anderson who retired May 31, 2011 after 36 years of service.

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