The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and City of Atlantic City have announced that Deputy Police Chief James Sarkos will serve as Officer in Charge of the Atlantic City Police Department. The appointment took place effective October 1, 2020.
The announcement comes after Police Chief Henry White’s retirement after 35 years in law enforcement.
A permanent police chief will be named in the near future. DCA and the City of Atlantic City have begun the process of selecting the next Chief of Police.
“Chief White was the consummate police professional and a man committed to making a positive difference in the Atlantic City community’, said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner.
“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.”
We wish Chief White, a man who was born and bred in this great city, nothing but the best in retirement,” said AC Mayor Marty Small.
“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,” said Deputy Chief Sarkos.
Sarkos: “I look forward to working with Atlantic City residents, the business community, and governmental leaders as we continue to move Atlantic City forward. It is my honor to lead the department’s extraordinary men and women in this remarkable city.”
Before landing in AC, Sarkos got his police start in the neighboring towns of Ventnor, Wildwood, Linwood.
For the past 20 years, Deputy Chief Sarkos has been the Commander of SWAT and the
Commander of the Investigations Division.