HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – The City of Hinesville announced Friday the appointment of Lloyd Slater to serve as the new chief of police.

According to city officials, Lloyd Slater started as a patrol officer on the Hinesville Police Department in 1986. His 34 years of service includes 29 years of supervisory experience with HPD. 

Chief Lloyd Slater

Slater is the first African American police chief of the HPD.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve you in this role; I take my obligation very seriously to do all I can to make Hinesville a safe and thriving place to live. Fortunately, I have a great team backing me up, full of dedicated professionals who are committed to serving our citizens by fostering proactive, positive community relationships,” said Slater in a press release from the City of Hinesville.

As the new chief of police for HPD, Slater will direct a staff of approximately 100 employees. In an effort to create more transparency to the community, Slater says he will establish a citizen review board.

The City will host an official swearing-in ceremony for the new police chief at a later date.

Watch Slater’s full interview with Lewis Levine of Coastal News Service in the video above.