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Savannah City Council votes in favor of proposed SCMPD merger

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah City Council voted on Thursday to support the proposed merger to keep the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. together.

The county voted in favor of the agreement just last week. With a vote of seven to one, aldermen voted to approve the proposed merger framework, with Alderman Tom Bordeaux as the lone “no” vote.

The agreement is an outline of how the city and county will share responsibilities for the SCMPD.

The City of Savannah and Chatham County staff will work to develop more details on how the two governments will handle operations and costs of the merged department for a two year period. The proposed framework includes a commitment to collecting and analyzing data for the two years, with the ultimate goal of putting together a 10 year agreement.

Commissioners said they still have many concerns, but they're happy to reach an agreement they think will keep the public safe.

"The city manager and the staff has done a wonderful job bringing something we can work with over the next two year period,” said Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson. “They are to be commended it took time to get there. We are there."

The proposed framework also includes a new Recorder's Court agreement that will go into effect by the end of July.

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