Raleigh police chief named

Cassandra Deck-Brown
January 31, 2013 10:28:16 AM PST
City Manager J. Russell Allen made it official Thursday, naming interim Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown to the job permanently.

The promotion is effective February 1.

"After a national search process, I am happy and proud to select our City's next Police Chief from the ranks of the Raleigh Police Department," said Allen in a news release. "I am confident she will both continue and build upon the department's record of public safety effectiveness and community outreach."

Deck-Brown joined the department in 1987. The East Carolina grad is a North Carolina native.

She replaces retired Chief Harry Dolan. Deck-Brown was one of three candidates the city considered. The other candidates were Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood, and Malik Aziz, who is a deputy police chief in Dallas, Texas.

Deck-Brown is the first African-American woman to serve as Raleigh's police chief. It is also the first time since 1994 that the city has chosen a chief from within the department's own ranks.

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