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Police Chief Willie Lovett retires; acting chief named

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Maj. Juliette Tolbert named acting police chief. (Source: City of Savannah) Maj. Juliette Tolbert named acting police chief. (Source: City of Savannah)
Terry Enoch to serve as acting assistant chief. (Source: City of Savannah) Terry Enoch to serve as acting assistant chief. (Source: City of Savannah)
Capt. Mike Wilkins to serve as acting major over Special Operations. (Source: City of Savannah) Capt. Mike Wilkins to serve as acting major over Special Operations. (Source: City of Savannah)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The retirement of Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett was announced by City Manager Stephanie Cutter on Friday amid sexual harassment allegations. 

Cutter said that she, County Manager Russ Abolt and the rest of the policy committee, including the Mayor Edna Jackson and Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott, will be creating the process of the selection of a new police chief. 

A three-person transition team has been appointed. It will be led by Juliette Tolbert, who was also named the acting police chief. Savannah Impact Program Director Terry Enoch will act as acting assistant chief and Downtown Precinct Capt. Mike Wilkins will serve as acting major. 

"We have lots of work to do. There's so much violence on our streets, particularly involving our young people. We will not be satisfied until every resident of this community feels comfortable with walking on any street day or night," Cutter said at the news conference. 

WTOC had learned Thursday that metro police command staff were called to City Hall by Cutter.

"Allegations of sexual harassment have been made by an SCMPD police officer against Chief Willie Lovett. An investigation by an outside legal firm is in progress," according to the city memo released Thursday.

Cutter requested one-on-one interviews as part of her investigation into sexual harassment claims against Lovett, according to city spokesman Bret Bell.

Bell told WTOC: "We have received a complaint. We are investigating that complaint. And will not release any more documents associated with that complaint or discuss that complaint until the conclusion of the investigation."

Bell said Lovett was not been placed on leave during this investigation. Lovett was sworn in chief as 2010 and joined the department in 1974.

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