Deputy Police Chief James Sarkos will serve as Officer in Charge of the Atlantic City Police Department until a permanent police chief is named.

The announcement, made Friday by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and City of Atlantic City, comes after Police Chief Henry White’s retirement after 35 years in law enforcement earlier this week.

According to a press release, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner, said, "Chief White was the consummate police professional and a man committed to making a positive difference in the Atlantic City community. He will be tremendously missed, but we anticipate he will continue to find ways to improve people’s lives in his retirement. Deputy Chief Sarkos, a 20-year veteran of the ACPD, is a well-regarded police officer in his own right and we believe he will run the police department with professionalism and integrity during these challenging times until a permanent police chief is chosen."

Sarkos went on to day, "I am grateful for the confidence placed in me by City and State leadership. Chief White and I have worked closely during his tenure and I am eager to continue and expand upon his initiatives."

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