Minter named new police chief of Savannah, Ga.

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

Peoria Police Chief
Roy Minter

Less than two months after announcing his retirement as police chief of Peoria, Roy Minter was hired to become the new police chief of Savannah, Ga.
“It is a great day in the city of Savannah as we announce Roy Minter to be our next police chief,” Savannah City Manager Rob Hernandez said during a June 28 press conference. “I am excited to welcome Chief Minter to our team to move Savannah forward. We had a field of exceptional candidates for the position, which made the final selection a very difficult decision.”
Hernandez said Minter was chosen after the city received 67 applications for the position and the list was narrowed to four finalists.
Minter will start Aug. 27 with a starting salary of $143,000 per year.
In early June, the four finalists were interviewed numerous times and taken through several meetings with key executive city staff, two citizens’ advisory panels and a law enforcement panel, Hernandez said.
The law enforcement panel was made up of nine current or former police and criminal justice executives, both from the Savannah area and outside the region, and the finalists also completed a formal assessment process. The process included the candidates’ knowledge, skills and abilities assessments, spokeswoman Michelle Gavin said.
Minter will replace interim Police Chief Mark Revenew, who replaced former Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin. Lumpkin announced in January 2018 that he would lead the DeKalb, Ga., public safety department.
Hernandez said Minter’s experience in crime prevention was a key point to his hiring.
“There is a reason we don’t have a lot of crime (in Peoria), because we border the city of Phoenix on the north and we have done an outstanding job putting programs and practices in place to maintain a low crime level,” Minter said.
He added he has three goals when he takes over in Savannah, including, “to reduce crime in the community, to establish and maintain a relationship in the community and to do the best job possible and operate the department with maximum efficiency.”
Hernandez cited Minter’s experience in public safety as a main reason he was chosen.
“Minter has more than 30 years of public safety experience and is a great leader of men and confidence (and) collaboration and has embraced diversity across all dimensions,” Hernandez said. “Chief Minter is an outstanding choice for our department because he is a man of great character and competence. He has a wealth of experience leading several great cities across the country. I have every confidence he will distinguish himself early on as a visionary and effective community leader in Savannah.”
When Minter announced his retirement from Peoria, Mayor Cathy Carlat said, “Over the last seven years, Chief Minter has built strong partnerships with leaders throughout the Valley and has been the ever-present face of public safety to our residents. His leadership has contributed to a city where families feel safe in their homes and in their neighborhoods. His retirement is hard-earned, and the City Council and I wish him all the best as he heads into this exciting next phase.”
Minter was sworn in as the Peoria Chief of Police on Aug. 13, 2007. He began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department where he served for 10 years as a police officer in the Special Operations Division/Tactical Services Bureau.
In 1992, he joined the Aurora, Colo., Police Department where he served for 15 years and held several positions.

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