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Current, former Chatham County commissioners respond to dissolve of SCMPD merger

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Tuesday, we caught up with Pete Liakakis, who has held previous roles on Savannah City Council and Chatham County Commission. 

Liakakis spoke with us on the decision to dissolve the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police merger. He thinks there's a lot of good people in the office with the city and county, and before the six months are up, he hopes both bodies can come together and work out an agreement. He let us know he'd like to see county leaders support the recommendations made through the Berkshire Advisors study. 

The city chose to implement the recommendations of a seven-minute response time to priority one crimes, phased in over a period of three years on June 22. Liakakis thinks the seven-minute response time would help to curb crime. 

"For instance, like the burglaries going on, if you can respond in seven minutes, in many instances you will be able to catch the culprit because they are in there. They don't go and grab just one thing," the former Chatham County Commission Chairman said. 

"The study was a complete joke and wasn't worthy of a response. If the mayor and council of Savannah wanted to look at things fairly and treat the 95,000 unincorporated residents fairly, they would have seen that too,” said District 7 Chatham County Commissioner Dean Kicklighter.

Commissioner Kicklighter continues to be the most out spoken on the issue of the merger, saying he's for dissolving it getting rid of it will benefit those who live in the unincorporated areas.

"The residents there, thanks to the stubbornness of the mayor and council of Savannah, you can look forward to much better police services coming up in the future,” Kicklighter said.

Kicklighter did let me know he is anticipating Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher is working to protect citizens until an unincorporated police department is formed.

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