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September 28, 2013

Savannah-Chatham police chief abruptly retires

SAVANNAH — The Savannah-Chatham County police chief is retiring a day after it was revealed that City Hall is investigating a sexual harassment claim against him.

Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter announced Friday that Police Chief Willie Lovett was to retire “effective immediately.” In a letter to Cutter, Lovett said he earlier made the decision to retire in the next 60 days to spend time with his family but decided not to wait.

Local news outlets reported Thursday that Cutter sent a memo to Savannah’s mayor and City Council last week saying an outside legal firm was investigating sexual harassment allegations against Lovett by an officer.

Lovett had spent four decades as a Savannah police officer and served as chief since August 2009.

Maj. Juliette Tolbert has been named interim police chief.


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