Skip to main content
Visit our new News website at
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 2:10pm

Former Savannah Police Chief Faces Federal Gambling Charges

The former chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police department says he’s not guilty of several federal crimes. A seven-count grand jury indictment made public Thursday charges former Chief Willie Lovett with extorting the operators of an illegal gambling ring in exchange for protection from police. Lovett, who’s 65, resigned in late 2013 amidst allegations of sexual harassment and corruption within the department.

GPB’s Sarah McCammon spoke with Tom Barton, editorial page editor at the Savannah Morning News, and asked him to explain the charges.