That's not happened before Thursday night's meeting of the Police Advisory Board, which recommended that the city manager elevate the department's female lieutenant to be interim chief.
Interim Chief Rebekah Mitchell has been the department's training officer, supervisor over discipline and an administrative officer. In recent months she has been at Capt. David Ray's right hand since he assumed the duties of interim chief. Ray is recovering from open-heart surgery performed Friday morning.
Former Police Chief Wayne Coomes, a member of the Police Advisory Board, said Mitchell is the first woman to take command of the department.
Mitchell's appointment follows the chain of command, according to advisory board discussion. That discussion included an option by City Manager Eddie Fuller to name Sgt. Barry Hargrove to run the department.
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