Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Charlottesville Moves Closer To Hiring New Police Chief

Charlottesville Moves Closer To Hiring New Police Chief

A former George Washington University police chief has been tapped to lead the city of Charlottesville's police department after its previous chief departed in the aftermath of a white nationalist rally.

Jones is expected to give a report that recommends RaShall Brackney to become the next chief of the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD).

The Charlottesville City Council will formally consider Brackney's appointment at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 21. Thomas from the position in December amid criticism of his and the Charlottesville Police Department's response to the deadly white nationalist demonstrations of August 12.

In a social media post, City Councilor Wes Bellamy said the city didn't hire Brackney because she's a black woman, adding it's "because she's a trendsetter, is an innovator, and is a leader who we believe will take us to new heights".

She begins works - if and when confirmed - June 18th. "During her time in Pittsburgh she was deeply committed to building strong relationships between the residents and the police officers who serve and protect them".

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During her tenure as a law enforcement official, Brackney has overseen SWAT teams, hostage negotiations, special events, patrol operations and major crimes, the city said in a statement.

"Chief Brackney will bring over three decades of law enforcement experience to our police department", said Mr. Jones.

Brackney said that the City of Charlottesville can serve as a role model for better policing strategies around the country.

According to LinkedIn, she holds a Ph.D.in instructional management and leadership from Robert Morris University. Additionally, she has earned numerous professional certificates from Penn State University, The University of Delaware, The Command Institute for Police Executives and the Police Executive Research Forum. She has also been a police commander for the City of Pittsburgh and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

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