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City offers online survey for input in police chief search

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City Manager Stephanie Cutter City Manager Stephanie Cutter

The search for a new Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. chief is on.

Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter said they plan to engage the community throughout the selection process. Some residents took the online survey on Tuesday afternoon.

Of these characteristics, what do you think is the most what do you think is the most characteristic of a police chief? That's one of the four questions on the city of Savannah's citizen survey in an attempt to engage the public about what they want in a police chief.

The online questionnaire lists several answers to the question. Survey takers have to rank them by priority.

WTOC asked several people about the survey questions. Crime seemed to be a top concern.

Savannah resident Robert Kitchen pointed out the question of track record of reducing crime.

"The first one that catches my eye is crime reduction - just because I know that that's a pretty prevalent problem here. So I'd put that at one," said Parker Noles who attends the Savannah College of Art and Design.

As the nationwide search for a new police chief continues, Cutter said the community's input carry weight during the selection process.

"It will weigh heavily. I will look at all the feedback. We're going to categorize it, of course. And when I sit down with the top candidates, I am going to be looking for those characteristics," Cutter said.

Applicants have until May 16 to apply for the police chief job. The city hopes to have a new chief hired by September. Take the online survey at the city of Savannah's website.

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