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Former Peoria chief of police chosen to head Savannah Police Department

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PHOENIX — The former chief of police with the Peoria Police Department will soon have a new place to call home.

Roy Minter will take over as the chief of police for the Savannah Police Department in Georgia, according to SavannahNow.com.

The Georgia city announced Thursday that the 58-year-old was chosen for the job after a nationwide search.

“I am excited to welcome Chief Minter to our team to move Savannah forward,” City Manager Rob Hernandez said.

“We had a field of exceptional candidates for the position, which made the final selection a very difficult decision.”

Hernandez said Minter was an “outstanding choice” because he was “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.” Hernandez added.

Minter has more than 25 years of experience in public safety.

He worked with the Aurora, Colorado Police Department for 15 years, as the police chief in Denton, Texas from 2008 to 2011 and as the police chief in Peoria from 2011 until he retired from the position in May.

Minter will replace Joseph Lumpkin, who announced almost seven months ago that he was resigning to head DeKalb County’s public safety department.

He is expected to start on August 27.

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