SAVANNAH, GA (December 20, 2018) – Roy Minter will be officially sworn in as the police chief of the Savannah Police Department during a ceremony at the Fountain at Forsyth Park at 1 p.m. Dec. 28.

The new police chief was selected in June following a national recruitment search. The finalists went through a series of interviews and meetings with key executive city staff, two citizens advisory panels and a law enforcement panel. Minter began working with the Savannah Police Department on Aug. 27 and has served as the department’s Director of Police Services until he could officially be sworn in.

Minter has more than 30 years of public safety experience. He most recently held the position of police chief at Peoria (Arizona) Police Department, where he served since 2011. From 2008-2011, Minter was the chief of Denton (Texas) Police Department. Prior to his appointment in Denton, Minter spent 15 years with the Aurora (Colorado) Police Department, where he held several positions, including narcotics unit sergeant, training section commander, and the operation support section commander, where he supervised the SWAT, K-9 Unit, Gang Intervention Unit and Pattern Crimes Unit. He began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department, where he served for 10 years as an officer in the Special Operations Division.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration and a Master’s Degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. His professional affiliations include the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Latino Peace Officers Association (LPOA). He has served as the President of the West Valley Chiefs Association and Second Vice President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. Minter is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves on the Community Policing Committee.

In April 2018, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) presented Minter with its Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award. The Hayes Award is presented annually to law enforcement professionals who exhibit strong character, a record of leadership and a commitment improving the law enforcement profession.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony as we officially welcome Chief Minter to the Savannah Police Department.