OChief Joseph H. “Jack” Lumpkin, Sr. became the Chief of Police of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on November 10, 2014.

Chief Lumpkin brings 47 years of law enforcement experience to the position, including 17 years as Chief of Athens-Clarke County, where he has a reputation as one of the top law enforcement professionals in the Southeast.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and the FBI National Academy.

Chief Lumpkin uses a Community Oriented Policing approach in Savannah-Chatham, reminding citizens that keeping our community safe is a shared responsibility. During Chief Lumpkin’s first year with SCMPD he brought the renowned IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations Training to the agency and implemented strategies which resulted in the department reaching  full-staff for the first time in nearly two decades.

In 2014, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police named Lumpkin “Chief of the Year” for his “continuous unfailing and wise counsel toward developing community awareness, deliberate dedication toward fair and impartial policing and innovative public service delivery.”