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Savannah-Chatham Metro interim police chief sworn in Thursday

SCMPD Interim Chief Mark Revenew with Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach. (Source: WTOC) SCMPD Interim Chief Mark Revenew with Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach. (Source: WTOC)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

It's been a busy first few days on the job for Savannah-Chatham Metro’s new interim police chief. However, Chief Mark Revenew was officially sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Chief Revenew was set to retire this year from the Pooler Police Department. Now, his work continues on a temporary basis.

Revenew worked for the Pooler Police Department for more than 30 years and brings a respected reputation with him.

Shortly after he was appointed to the position, he said his plan was to continue the good work that has been done to help turn around the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Although he is coming to Savannah, he says he won't hold the title of top cop permanently.

"I am not coming in as a change agent. This department is running on all eight cylinders. We've seen a steady decrease in crime," Revenew said. "My motto has always been you hire the best people, train them the best, give them the resources they need, and get out of their way. That's always going to be my motto. I was telling someone else earlier, you treat everything like a campground. Leave it better than you found it. That's our job. We plan for the worst and we train for the worst. These officers are more than well-trained and equipped to handle anything thrown their way."

"I don't like to say 'interim chief.' I like to say 'you're my chief of police on an interim basis because it's just a time, but you are the guy," Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach said. 

Chief Lumpkin did a lot to foster good relationships with community members, law enforcement partners, and citizens. Revenew says his goal is to maintain those. It's even more important given the events of this week. 

"I look forward to this whole demerger process; working with Chief Hadley. We have committed to making this a seamless process. The citizens of this area will not notice. We will do everything to keep this community safe and we will do everything we can to support this. I look forward to working with local, state, and federal partners. I've never been about boundaries and jurisdictions. I've been about how to make this area a better place and that's my goal."

You can watch the entire swearing-in ceremony below:

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