The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has appointed Sala Menaya-Merritt as its new Savannah Impact Program Director.
Menaya-Merritt comes to SIP with over 20 years of experience in community and human services program development and implementation. In her most recent role as the Organizational Development Administrator with the City of Savannah’s Human Resources Department, she oversaw the city-wide training program for the city’s 2500 plus employees. In that role, she assisted SCMPD with development of the new Sergeant’s Training Curriculum in 2014. She is experienced in marketing, public relations, partnership building, community engagement and staff development.
Menaya-Merritt has also held positions with the State of Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice, the City of Hemet in California and the City of Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and her Master of Science in Leadership and Management from the University of Laverne in Laverne, California.
SIP is a specialized unit within the SCMPD, operating as a “Community Reentry Collaborative”, primarily focusing on “high risk” and “at risk” youth and adults. The SIP collaborative is comprised of sworn and civilian police personnel as well as numerous community supervision agencies to include the Georgia Department of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Parole, Chatham County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
A highly motivated, articulate, passionate, creative and forward-thinking individual, Menaya-Merritt hopes to utilize her training and expertise to take SIP to the next level of excellence.
“I am both excited and honored to be chosen as the SIP Director. I am optimistic that great things are on the horizon and I look forward to working collaboratively with both our internal and external partners to make SIP the best that it can be.”, says Menaya-Merritt.
She began working as the SIP Director on November 7, 2016.