ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday named police chiefs in Savannah and Perry and a former DeKalb County sheriff to serve as U.S. marshals in Georgia’s three federal court districts.
Each must be confirmed by the US Senate before taking office. The men would oversee U.S. Marshals Service operations in their districts, including protecting courts, transporting prisoners, pursuing fugitives and executing federal arrest warrants.
Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter Jr., who has led that department since 2018, would be the Georgia Southern District Marshal. It includes 43 counties with courthouses in Savannah, Augusta, Brunswick, Dublin, Statesboro and Waycross.
Mayor Van Johnson told the Savannah Morning News that Minter will remain chief of police until he is confirmed, which could take months. Minter previously served as police chief in Peoria, Arizona, and Denton, Texas. He previously worked in Houston and Aurora, Colorado.
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Minter’s appointment comes amid an increase in shootings and other violent crimes in Savannah. A survey of more than 250 Savannah officers by the police department last fall showed that many were unhappy with his leadership and felt their personal safety was not a priority.
Thomas Brown, who was Sheriff DeKalb from 2001 to 2014, would be the marshal for the Northern District, which includes 46 counties centered on Atlanta but also includes courthouses in Rome, Gainesville and Newnan.
Brown has owned businesses including a bonding agency since leaving his position as sheriff. Prior to being elected, Brown served as Director of Public Safety and Fire Chief for DeKalb County.
Perry Police Chief Steve Lynn would be the Georgia Central District Marshal. It includes 70 counties with courthouses in Macon, Columbus, Athens, Albany and Valdosta.
Lynn has served as chief at Perry since 2013. He served as an investigator for the Houston County District Attorney from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as a police officer and commander with the Warner Robins Police Department from 1981 to 2007.
So far, Biden has only appointed a U.S. attorney to one of three districts. Ryan Buchanan has been confirmed in the Northern District.
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