Former GWPD chief to lead Charlottesville Police Department

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RaShall Brackney, who resigned from her post as the chief of GWPD in January, was named the new head of the Charlottesville, Va. police department Tuesday.

The former head of the GW Police Department will soon lead police operations in Charlottesville, Va., the Charlottesville Newsplex reported Tuesday.

The Charlottesville city manager recommended Tuesday that RaShall Brackney, who unexpectedly resigned from her three-year post as the chief of GWPD in January, serve as the city’s next police chief.

She was chosen from 169 applicants, and the Charlottesville City Council will consider her nomination Monday. She is slated to begin working for the city on June 18, Newsplex reported.

Brackney will be the first permanent successor to former chief Al Thomas, who resigned following a critical independent review of the police department’s handling of violence at a white supremacist rally last summer that left three dead and dozens injured.

“I believe the Charlottesville Police Department is uniquely positioned to contribute to the national narrative for policing and social justice, and I look forward to serving the community with both compassion and integrity,” Brackney said in a city press release.

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