The City of Savannah says it received 67 applications for the Chief of Police position at the Savannah Police Department. "Two of those applications came from current SPD officers," a spokesperson says.
The City has gone on the record in previous reports that current Interim Savannah Police Chief Mark Revenew is not interested in the job permanently.
The City has contracted with Mercer Group, an executive recruiting firm, to lead the search process, expected to result in a final pick by September.
Once the list of candidates is narrowed, those candidates will be interviewed by three panels.
· The first panel will be made of executive City staff members.
· The second panel is a citizens advisory panel, with each member of City Council selecting "a member of the Savannah community to represent them on this panel," the City says.
· The third panel consists of law enforcement executives.
Citizens Advisory Panel members, picked by City Council members, are as follows:
Mayor Eddie DeLoach: Reed Dulany III, president and CEO of Dulany Industries
Alderwoman Carol Bell: Greg Parker, owner of the Parker’s convenience store chain
Alderman Bill Durrence: Brenda Walker, President of the Live Oak NOA
Alderman Brian Foster: Savannah attorney Steven Scheer
Alderman John Hall: Rev. William Eason, Edgemere/Sackville Neighborhood Association president
Alderman Van Johnson: Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Sr., pastor of St. Paul CME.
Alderman Julian Miller: Kevin Klinkenberg, executive director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority
Alderman Tony Thomas: Edna Jackson, former City of Savannah Mayor
Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz: Ulysses Bryant, President of the Liberty City NOA; retired SCCPSS Campus Police Chief, Current SSU Interim Police Chief