SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - WTOC received a copy of a letter that was sent from the Savannah city manager to all of the employees of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department.
The two-page letter sent last week talks about the decision to dissolve the Metro merger between the city and county. In the first paragraph, Savannah City Manager Rob Hernandez says, "while the city adopted Berkshire's 47 recommendations, the county failed to keep its promises and dismissed the report in its entirety, going on to say that our philosophies and approaches to public safety were vastly different."
"It was important for the city manager to let the officers know that he stands by Chief Lumpkin and the changes that he's making, so officers day to day that may not report to the same beat, they may not wear the same uniform, but their job is going to be the same - protecting and serving the citizens of the city of Savannah," said Michelle Gavin, Spokeswoman, City of Savannah.
"The city and county had negotiated for several years to resolve differences in how costs were allocated, how management is structured, and how resources are deployed," Hernandez said in the letter.
The letter to employees also says they can expect very little change during this transition. You might have to replace the patches on your uniforms and your mobile office will be branded differently, but our goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
In the letter, Hernandez states, "We know some of you will be attracted by new opportunities outside SPD. For those that seek the elusive greener grass, we wish them well. Our commitment to you as a city and employer remains for those who want to continue to serve this great city. You are all welcome at the new SPD."
The demerger officially goes into effect Feb. 1, 2018.
You can read the entire letter sent by City Manager Hernandez to all SCMPD staff below: