WASHINGTON (WSAV) — President Joe Biden has nominated Savannah’s chief of police to serve as a U.S. Marshall.

Chief Roy Minter would take over as the U.S. Marshall of the Southern District of Georgia, according to the White House Wednesday. The president has now announced nine nominees to serve, two of whom are also in Georgia.

“These individuals were chosen for their devotion to enforcing the law, their professionalism, their experience and credentials in their fields, and their dedication to pursuing equal justice for all,” the White House said in a release.

Prior to his time in the Hostess City, Minter served as chief of police in Peoria, Arizona, as well as in Denton, Texas. He also served in various roles with the Aurora, Colorado Police Department for 15 years.

Yesterday, I was advised by the White House that President Joe Biden officially nominated me for the position of United States Marshal for the Southern District of Georgia. I am, of course, honored to be nominated for this position. Serving as the Chief of Police for Savannah Police Department has been, and continues to be, one of the best and most rewarding experiences in my policing career. Savannah is a great community, and SPD is a professional, community-engaged police department. Although I have been nominated, the confirmation process is never a certainty. As the Senate moves forward with its deliberations, I will remain committed to serving the citizens of Savannah and continuing to lead this department.

Statement from Chief Minter, released Thursday

According to City Manager Joseph Melder, Minter will continue serving as police chief throughout the confirmation process.

“Team Savannah is proud of this recognition, and we congratulate Chief Minter on the tremendous honor and service opportunity that comes with this Presidential nomination,” Melder stated. “His nomination to serve as the U.S. Marshal for our region is borne from a long track record of accomplishment in law enforcement and we wish Chief Minter the best as he works through the confirmation process.”

“It is exciting to be considered for an appointment from the president of the United States. It means Savannah is on the national stage,” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson told WSAV.

“We wish Chief Minter the best,” he added.