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Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett may announce his retirement as soon as Friday afternoon, according to sources within the law enforcement community.

A message left on Lovett’s cell phone Thursday evening requesting a telephone call was not returned.

City of Savannah spokesman Bret Bell said Thursday afternoon that City Manager Stephanie Cutter had not received that information from Lovett.

Julian Miller, police department spokesman, said Thursday afternoon he did not have anything official on the reports and could neither confirm nor deny them.

Throughout Thursday afternoon, Savannah-Chatham police officers were seen entering City Hall. Police Capt. Dean Fagerstrom declined comment as he left about 5 p.m.

Mayor Edna Jackson could not be reached for comment Thursday, and Chatham County Manager Russ Abolt declined comment. City and county officials are involved in the appointment of the police chief.

Meanwhile, a Savannah-Chatham police officer has accused Lovett of sexual harassment. Cutter notified the mayor and city council in a memo that those allegations are being investigated by an outside law firm.

The memo, dated Sept. 20, stated that Lovett has been notified of the allegations and investigation and that “Upon completion of the investigation, council will be notified of the findings.”

No further details were available Thursday.

Lovett, 63, has been with the Savannah Police Department and its successor, the combined city-county department, for more than 40 years. He has been chief since April 2010 after being named interim chief when his predecessor, Michael Berkow, resigned in August 2009.

Lovett was named assistant police chief by then Chief Dan Flynn in December 2004.

He was designated as interim police chief for the first time in November 2005 when Flynn stepped down at year’s end and served in that capacity until Berkow was named chief in November 2006.
Savannahnow.com


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PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 19:46 PM

The City of Savannah doesn't play! Hinesville could learn a few things from the City of Savannah.We need a strong Mayor/Council to stand up to wrong and fire people when needed.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 20:16 PM

Amen.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:04 PM

PN: yes we could learn a few things from out big sister city, Savannah. But, our officials don't play that card which leads to our collective detriment.

Savannah has pockets of vocal concerned citizens and activists actually involved in Community decisions that affect them.

We do not have that here, but it would be nice.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:12 PM

@Jimmy: Your right. However, the media jumped the gun..Willie isn't going any where I just heard..

lholmes commented on Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 18:39 PM

Ummm...he's gone. He just retired according to the Sav. Morning News site. Effective immediately!

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 19:13 PM

Geeeeze!! A 63 year old man going down for 'sexual harassment?' You would think that sort of thing would have occurred earlier in his life.!? That Viagra don't have no Libido jump start. So, what was the man thinking???!!

Well, as I so far understand, he gets his pension and all the other stuff. Too bad, for all the good, that he brought to the position he has to leave it under these particular circumstances.

sebekm commented on Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 20:47 PM

"You would think that sort of thing would have occurred earlier in his life.!?"

For it to be sexual harassment, it has to be "unwanted." Perhaps he just ran into somebody with a backbone; or somebody who just got fed up with it; or maybe at 63 he turned into a toad. (Hmmmm......I'll be 63 in less than 2 months....I guess I have something to look forward to after all....)

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 21:37 PM

Your right Willie is gone..I can hear the people now..."Free Willie"..I had to sneak that one in.

sebekm commented on Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 23:22 PM

Good one. His "free willie" is what got him in trouble....

Graeme245 commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Gentlemen, let us not forget the ever charming Mrs Lovett...

http://savannahnow.com/stories/022501...

What's that saying about scorned women & hell?!?!

sebekm commented on Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 at 14:40 PM

Looks like they might have the makings of a good reality show...


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