SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The head of the Savannah Police Department’s End Gun Violence program has stepped down.
News 3 has learned Dr. Gerard Tate gave his notice of resignation this week. He has held the position for less than three months.
According to SPD, Tate is resigning due to a personal family issue.
The End Gun Violence program aims to address gun-related issues and gang violence in the city.
As the director, Tate has been responsible for engaging with the community and acquiring stakeholders to address issues leading to gun violence.
“During his brief tenure here at SPD, he has worked diligently to better understand crime in Savannah and had begun working with community partners to develop gun violence reduction initiatives,” a statement from the department reads, in part.
News 3 is told Chief Roy Minter met with Tate Friday afternoon to wish him well.
SPD plans to continue to work on reducing gun violence in the Hostess City in Tate’s absence.