Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A woman breaks down a barrier in local law enforcement
Tracy Vitale gets a nod of approval from her canine officer, Argo, after she was named acting police chief in California, Pa., an appointment that makes her the first female police chief in Washington County history. (Scott Beveridge photo)
Below is part of the story from today's Observer-Reporter newspaper's online edition in Washington, Pa.:
CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Members of California Borough council didn’t realize they were making history Thursday by appointing the first female police chief in Washington County history.
“You know that never crossed my mind,” said Sheila Chambers, new council president in the Mon Valley borough, about the decision to name Tracy Vitale to the position of acting police chief.
“It wasn’t done to make history. It was done to put a very efficient person in charge of this police department,” Chambers said. “She’s fearless, a heroine.”