Current police chief Tom Bergamine has announced his retirement effective July 1, but plans to take leave time beginning in mid-June. Bryant will take over as chief on June 18.
Bryant has served with the Fayetteville Police Department for more than 25 years. Her role was most recently an assistant chief assigned to the Campbellton Operations Bureau as the Bureau Commander.
"I am impressed with Chief Bryant's experience and education," said Interim City Manager Kristoff Bauer. "She has an extensive background in policy development and compliance and has played a central role in seeking and maintaining the department's accreditation. Chief Bryant's administrative knowledge, leadership skills, and procedure development experience make her an indispensable asset to the team."
Bryant holds a BS in Psychology from Fayetteville State University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke.
After completing Basic Law Enforcement Training she worked for several years as a patrol officer and was promoted to sergeant in 1991. Bryant was promoted to Lieutenant in 1995 and served as a Watch Commander in the patrol division.
In 1997, she was assigned to the Chief's Staff Unit as the Unit Commander for the Office of Professional Standards and Inspections.
Bryant was promoted to Captain in 2005 and assigned to the Service Bureau to serve as the Support Services Division Commander responsible for training, central records, technical services, and accreditation. She was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief in 2008.