City of Pooler names new police chief

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Ashley Brown (Photo from City of Pooler website)

The City of Pooler has announced that Ashley Brown will be its new police chief.

Brown, a Pooler city councilman, will be coming to the City of Pooler Police Department from the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department (SCMPD), where he held the rank of captain and commander of the Southside precinct, the news release from the city stated.

“Ashley is a 24 year veteran of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD). Having served as a former assistant commander of the Savannah-Chatham Downtown Special Operations Unit, undercover vice officer, homicide investigator and former patrol officer, Brown understand all facets of the organization,” said Mayor Mike Lamb in the release. “We are happy to have him on board and are confident that he will excel as our chief of police.”

Rep. Bill Hitchens, of Rincon, said the four finalists for the position were "well-versed and qualified on all of the subjects on which they were queried," but "Mr. Ashley Brown was by far the superior candidate.

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Brown was elected to the City of Pooler Council in 2015. He is a graduate of Groves High School and Armstrong State University and is a longtime Pooler resident, according to the news release.