SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — A prominent local pastor is out on bond after being arrested overnight.Reverend George Lee, III faces charges of driving under the influence and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.Lee is the Senior Pastor of “The Mighty Fortress,” St. John Baptist Church and is the head of the City of Savannah’s ‘End Gun Violence Program.’
The End Gun Violence initiative was launched in December 2015. Lee has been its Program Director since June of 2017.
According to the End Gun Violence website, the goal is “to target the most violent groups and gang members who are responsible for a majority of the shootings and homicides in our community.”According to the Chatham County District Attorney’s office, Rev. Lee has been placed on administrative leave from his position with the program until the case is resolved.The office has submitted a letter of recusal asking the Attorney General to appoint another District Attorney to the case, as is standard practice.District Attorney’s Office Letter:
Our office policy is that when an individual in our office is accused of a crime, we recuse ourselves. By law, the case is given to the Attorney General of Georgia for prosecution. Upon notification this morning of an incident involving one of our employees, my office submitted a letter of recusal asking the Attorney General to appoint another District Attorney to the case.
In the interim, the employee has been placed on administrative leave until the case is resolved. Our policy is to allow the criminal justice system to run its course.
When asked for comment, Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott described Lee as a “city of Savannah employee” and said he does not make comments regarding any city employee.
Lee’s $65,000 salary is paid for by the City of Savannah, but End Gun Violence is a Countywide program.
The City of Savannah tells News 3 it did not have any comment about Lee’s position or arrest.